Paper Shredding

Items that should be shredded are those that contain the following:

  • Account numbers
  • Passwords
  • PINs
  • Signatures
  • Social Security numbers
  • Date of birth

When are County-sponsored shredding events?

There are typically two County-sponsored shredding events each year; one in the Spring (in April) at GreenFest and one in the Fall (in October) at the Long Gate Park & Ride (exit 1A off of route 100). Although these events will have hours, shredding will be available until trucks are full which may occur before designated ending times. The News and Upcoming Events page will be updated with specific dates.

Items Accepted:

  • Federal and State Tax documents
  • Credit card and other household bills
  • Medical records
  • Pay stubs
  • Mortgage documents
  • Insurance bills

Be sure to review your items carefully and remove all items that do not fall into one of the categories listed above.

Please do not pack boxes or paper bags heavier than you can safely lift and carry to your vehicle without assistance.

Items NOT Accepted:

  • File folders
  • Manila folders
  • Junk mail
  • Schoolwork
  • Event programs
  • Coloring books
  • Brochures
  • Advertising
  • Magazines
  • Calendars, etc.

Please make sure that your boxes or paper bags are ALSO free of:

  • Batteries
  • Plastic or glass items
  • Binder clips
  • Screwdrivers
  • Scissors, etc.

Check out this neat visual from the American Forest & Paper Association.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Can't wait for a shredding event?

Office Depot and Staples offer shredding services for a small fee. This is a convenient option for many residents to get those sensitive documents shredded securely. Also keep your eyes out for community and bank sponsored events which happen throughout the year.

If you shred at home, please be sure to place shredded paper in a paper bag before you add it to your recycling bin. Why? Loose shredded paper is like confetti and will make a mess at the recycling processor.