Ocean County residents can take advantage of securely disposing personal papers and documents through the county’s free Residential Document Shredding Program beginning in April.

“In 2015, a total of 94 tons or 188,000 pounds of documents were collected and shredded during our collection dates,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management.

The program will be held in 18 different locations throughout Ocean County with the first date and location being 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 2 at the Southern Ocean County Recycling Center, 379 Haywood Road, Stafford Township.

“Ocean County is a large county and we make every effort to make this program easily accessible to all our citizens,” Little said. “With so much focus on identity theft this program helps to keep personal and important information out of the hands of people who may use it for the wrong reasons.”

“This program was first started in 2008 and has grown in popularity with our residents,” said Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, who also serves as Director of Law and Public Safety. “This Board of Freeholders is pleased to provide this service which, in addition to the environmental benefit, is an extra layer of security for our citizens.”

The work is being performed by Autoshred of Toms River.

Residents are not required to register for this free program and can bring six boxes or bags each day. The program is for all paper documents and paper forms. Paperclips and staples do not have to be removed.

Little noted the shredding unit features an automatic feeding and dumping system, which eliminates the need for human contact with a resident’s documents. Events will run their complete scheduled time or until the truck is full. The truck capacity is 8,000 pounds.

The following is a list of dates, times and locations for the Residential Document Shredding Program:

  • April 2, Southern Recycling Center, 379 Haywood Road, Stafford Township, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • April 23, Manchester Township Public Works Yard, 1360 Route 70, Manchester Township, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • May 4, Little Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 319 West Calabreeze Way, Little Egg Harbor Township, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • May 14, Plumsted Township, Lakeview Drive just south of Oakford Lake Park, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 4, Ocean Township Municipal Complex, 50 Railroad Avenue, Waretown, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 18, Lavallette Firehouse, 124 Washington Ave., 9 to 11 a.m.
  • June 25, Berkeley Township Recycling Center, 630 Pinewald Keswick Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • July 9, Tuckerton Recycling Center, 445 South Green St., 9 to 11 a.m.
  • July 15, Lakewood Public Works Yard, 1 America Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • July 30, Lacey Township Recycling Center, 820 Municipal Lane, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 5, Toms River Township, Riverwood Park, 250 Riverwood Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 20, Lakehurst Public Works Yard, 800 Myrtle St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 27, Brick Township Public Works Yard, 836 Ridge Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 10, Beachwood Municipal Complex, 1600 Pinewald Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 17, Seaside Heights Recycling Center, Bay Boulevard and Sherman Avenue, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • 24, Beach Haven Municipal Parking Lot, Taylor Avenue, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • 15, Point Pleasant Beach Public Works Yard, 301 Cooks Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 22, Jackson Township Municipal Building Lot, 95 West Veterans Highway, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information on the program, contact the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management at 732-506-5047.