Ocean County’s 2020 Residential Document Shredding Program is scheduled to begin on July 11 with its first stop in Stafford Township.

“Although it is kicking off later than normal due to COVID-19, we are happy to have the opportunity to host our free document shredding program again this year,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gary Quinn, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. “This is a program that is good for the environment, eliminates household clutter and provides a layer of security needed to protect our neighbors and families from identity theft.”

The 2020 event includes 16 locations and will be serviced by IDSAutoshred from Toms River.

The following is a list of dates, locations and times:

• July 11 – Stafford Township, 379 Haywood Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• July 18 – Bay Head Borough, 214 Park Ave., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• July 24 – Lakewood Township, 1 America Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• July 31 – Toms River Township, 250 Riverwood Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Aug. 1 – Point Pleasant Borough, 2300 Panther Path, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Aug. 8 – Barnegat Township, 900 West Bay Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Aug. 15 – Lakehurst Township, 800 Myrtle St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Aug. 22 – Manchester Township, 101 S. Colonial Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Aug. 29 – Brick Township, 836 Ridge Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Sept. 12 – Ship Bottom Borough, W 10th St. and Shore Ave., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• Sept. 19 – Ocean Township, 50 Railroad Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Sept. 26 – Beachwood, 1600 Pinewald Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Oct. 3 – Berkeley Township, 630 Pinewald Keswick Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Oct. 10 – Eagleswood Township, 146 Division St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Oct. 17 – Lacey Township, 820 Municipal Lane, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Oct. 24 – Jackson Township, 95 West Veterans Highway, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shredding events will run their full scheduled time or until the truck is full. The truck has a capacity to hold 10,000 pounds of paper.

“Last year we recycled almost 120 tons of residential documents with this program,” said Quinn. “That is in addition to all the paper that goes to our recycling centers.”

The program is for all paper documents and paper forms; paper clips and staples need not be removed. Unacceptable items include x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, microfilm, and file folders.

Appointments and registration are not necessary for this program, and residents are limited to six boxes or bags of documents per vehicle.

In addition, residents will be asked to stay in their vehicle with the windows up, with a face covering on at all times (if medically able). Documents should be in the trunk or truck bed to be removed from the vehicles by workers and then confidentially shredded via a secure shred truck.

The shredding program is a free program sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and overseen by the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management.

The program is for Ocean County residents only; commercial documents will not be accepted.

For residents who prefer to shred at home, shredded office paper should not be placed with curbside recyclables, and should instead be brought to the drop-off boxes (near Building 105 at the Southern Recycling Center in Stafford Township or Building 68 at the Northern Recycling Center in Lakewood) for recycling. Shredded paper cannot be effectively sorted by the County’s Recyclable Materials Processing Facility and therefore needs to be recycled separately in order to produce a viable, marketable commodity.

“Ocean County offers a number of programs to make recycling convenient,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “Recycling helps to save landfill space and protects the environment. We encourage our citizens to take advantage of the programs offered and to help make a difference in preserving our natural resources.”

For more information on programs available, visit http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/OC/SolidWaste/ or @OCSWM on Facebook.