Ocean County Press Release
Program to Start May 15

TOMS RIVER – Following a successful pilot program that was implemented late last year, Ocean County again will offer residents a free document shredding service starting on Friday, May 15.

"During our first collection we gave our residents the opportunity to get rid of more than 45,000 pounds of documents," said Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the county's Department of Solid Waste Management. "These old documents were discarded properly and the program provided peace of mind because the papers and files were shredded safely and securely."

Residents can have their documents shredded free of charge on six different dates – Fridays and Saturdays - at six different locations throughout Ocean County during the month of May.

"We have been receiving inquiries from residents on whether the county would be holding the document shredding program," Lacey said. "We are pleased to announce that this will be a new and ongoing service the Board of Freeholders will provide."

The vendor providing the service for the spring shredding program will be MCC Recycling Services, Cranbury, at a cost of $450 per day.

"We received a very competitive price on this," Lacey noted. "Last year the county paid $750 a day for the program."

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Fridays and Saturdays at the following locations:

·Friday, May 15, Tuckerton Recycling Center, 445 South Green Street
·Saturday, May 16, Lacey Township Recycling Center, Municipal Lane
·Friday, May 22, Brick Township Recycling Center, 836 Ridge Road
·Saturday, May 23, Ocean County Southern Recycling Center, 379 Haywood Road, Stafford Township
·Friday, May 29, Berkeley Township Recycling Center, Pinewald-Keswick Road
·Saturday, May 30, Toms River Township Recycling Center, Church Road

"We hear so much about identity theft and taking the proper precautions when we get rid of papers and documents that may contain sensitive information about ourselves," said Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett Jr. "This is one way the county can help."

Residents can attend any one of the six shredding dates. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on each scheduled day or until the truck is full. The truck has an 8,000-pound capacity.

There is no registration required and the service is free of charge.

The service representatives are uniformed, bonded and insured.

"The papers are dumped into the shredding unit and shredded while the resident is there," Lacey said. "We have taken steps to make sure our residents are comfortable with using such a program."

For additional information on the program call the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management at 732-506-5047.

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