Burlington County has scheduled three additional paper shredding events this fall to help residents dispose of confidential documents.
The first event was held on Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Burlington County Resource Recovery Complex, 22000 Burlington-Columbus Road in Florence. The other events will be held at the same location and time on Oct. 23 and Nov. 20.
During all three events, residents can recycle confidential documents such as bank and credit card statements, tax returns and other papers with sensitive information, such as account and Social Security information.
Already this year, more than 2,700 residents have recycled more than 39 tons of paper during County shredding events.
“It’s a great program that helps our residents protect their confidential information and household finances from identity thieves,” said Burlington County Commissioner Tom Pullion, the board’s liaison to the Department of Solid Waste and Recycling. “These events are a fast and convenient way to dispose of paper documents in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Don’t miss out on this great county service.”
The events are open to Burlington County residents-only. Identification is required and a limit of four bags or boxes of papers will be accepted. Bags and boxes must be limited to 10 pounds and should be placed in the trunk or cargo area so staff can easily remove them. Already shredded paper will also be accepted.
Only confidential paper materials will be shredded. Please do not bring magazines, junk mail or household trash. Binders, plastic folders, computer discs or plastic credit cards are not permitted.
Burlington County is a state leader in recycling and is one of the only counties in New Jersey to collect recycling from all its municipalities at no charge to the town or residents.
Last year, close to 44,000 tons of recyclables were collected from Burlington County residents, saving their towns more than $3.8 million in landfill tipping fees.
More information about recycling is available on the County’s free Recycle Coach app. The app can downloaded from iTunes or the GooglePlay app store and has information about what materials are accepted and updates and alerts about collection schedules for each town, plus advice and tips for recycling right.
“Burlington County has been a state leader in recycling for decades and we continue to look for ways to make recycling easy and convenient for our residents,” said Commissioner Allison Eckel, liaison to the departments of Resource Conservation, Public Safety and the Prosecutor’s Office. “It’s good for our environment. Plus, the more household items we can recycle, the more we can help our towns keep their solid waste costs low, which benefits all taxpayers. These shredding events also help residents properly dispose of documents with their confidential information on them, which is an important way to safeguard them from identity theft.”