Free shredding events start this month

Burlington County residents can recycle confidential documents such as tax returns

Special to The Sun
County residents will have two more opportunities to shred confidential documents this month and next.

Burlington County residents will have more opportunities to safely dispose of unwanted confidential documents and plastic film materials this year during the county’s two fall shredding events.

They will be held at the Burlington County Resource Recovery Complex from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 19. Residents in county towns can recycle confidential documents such as bank and credit card statements, tax returns and other papers with sensitive information.

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Shredding is reserved for county residents only. (Those outside of the county, including businesses and nonprofits, will be turned away. Only confidential paper materials will be accepted at the event. Magazines, junk mail and household trash will not, nor will binders, plastic folders, computer discs or plastic credit cards.

Identification is required and a limit of four bags or boxes of paper will be accepted. They must be limited to 10 pounds each and be placed in the trunk or cargo areas so staff can easily remove them. Already shredded paper will also be accepted.

The county will also collect clean and dry plastic bubble wrap, plastic shipping mailers and plastic wrap from cases of water and paper products. They must also be bagged separately from papers and be dry and free of food residue.

All collected materials will be recycled through a county partnership with Trex, a Virginia-based company that manufactures composite decking and railing from recycled plastics it upcycles from household items. The county is also providing a regional delivery point for schools and volunteer groups participating in the company’s Trex Recycling challenges, where participating groups collect plastic bags and film and can earn prizes.

Residents with questions about the shredding or plastics recycling collections can email or download the county’s free Recycle Coach app from iTunes or GooglePlay app stores.

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