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2/7/2019 - Operation Secure Shred - Free Document Shredding for Somerset County Residents

Free Document Shredding for Somerset County Residents

Next Shredding Event is April 27


The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the county's Public Works Department invite residents to take advantage of the “Operation Secure Shred” program for easy, no-hassle shredding of personal documents.

The next shredding event will be held Saturday, April 27 at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough. All events are held rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled to capacity, at which time they leave and the event is over for that day. Proof of residency is required (a current driver's license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill with a Somerset County address). Pre-registration is not required. No businesses or commercial vehicles are allowed.

"Properly disposing of personal documents is a necessary step in safeguarding and protecting your personal information and credit and in preventing identify theft," said Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public works liaison. "We are pleased to be able to provide this very popular service to our residents again this year, in collaboration with our municipalities.”

Subsequent events will be hosted by the county and participating municipalities as follows: June 15 in Bridgewater, at the Somerset County Public Works North County Facility, 411 Chimney Rock Road; 
July 13 in Somerset at the Franklin Township Sewerage Authority, 70 Commerce Dr.; July 27 in Bedminster at the Public Works Building, 75 Miller Lane; Aug. 10 in Bridgewater at the Municipal Building, 100 Commons Way; Aug. 31 in Hillsborough at the Somerset County Public Works South County Facility, 410 Roycefield Road; Sept. 28 in Branchburg at the Municipal Building 1077 U.S. Highway 202 North; Oct. 5 in Skillman at the Montgomery Township High School, 1016 Route 601; and Nov. 9 in Green Brook at the Green Brook Middle School,132 Jefferson Ave. 

Residents from all 21 Somerset County municipalities are invited to have personal documents shredded at as many free, on-site mobile paper-shredding events as they wish to attend. Residents do not have to reside in the town hosting an event to participate.

Documents will be commercially shredded safely, privately and properly by trained, licensed and bonded document-destruction specialists. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed. Residents may bring up to six boxes, containers or bags of documents per visit and will be asked to take back their receptacles. Residents may stay and watch as their documents are shredded.

Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will not be accepted. This shredding opportunity is not open to businesses.

For more information about locations of the municipal shredding events, contact the towns directly. A listing of towns in Somerset County can be found on the county's website at

A schedule of shredding events and more is available at

For more information about the “Operation Secure Shred” program, contact the Somerset County Public Works Department at 908-203-6018 or

If you believe that you are a victim of identity theft, the Federal Trade Commission provides a comprehensive booklet titled, "Taking Charge: What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen," at

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