Free Document Shredding

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“Operation Secure Shred” Sponsored by Somerset County

The Somerset County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to offer residents a free document-shredding program at various locations around the county.

Shredding events are held through the "Operation Secure Shred" program, rain or shine. All shredding events are held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or until the trucks are filled to capacity, at which time they leave and the event is over for the day.

2024 Operation Secure Shred program dates and locations: 2024-Operation Secure Shred Schedule.

Residents from all 21 Somerset County municipalities can 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.

After the initial county-hosted kick-off event in March, subsequent events are hosted by various municipalities, with assistance from Somerset County.    Please contact Somerset County directly for further information.

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

The following recyclable items will not be accepted: junk mail, magazines and newspapers. The 2024 Recycling Collection Schedule and more are available at

“Operation Secure Shred” events are free of charge for Somerset County residents; pre-registration is not required.  No businesses allowed. No commercial vehicles allowed. Proof of residency is required (current driver's license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill with a Somerset County address).

Operation Secure Shred is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners in cooperation with the county Department of Public Works. For more information, call 908-203-6018 or email

For tips on managing your personal documents and information, click here to read our "To Shred or Not To Shred" brochure.

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