Burlington County residents have another opportunity to safely dispose of sensitive papers during the county’s final shredding of 2022.
The final Shredder Event of 2022 will be held this Sunday, November 20th from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Burlington County Resource Recovery Complex, 22000 Burlington-Columbus Road in Florence.
Residents are encouraged to bring sensitive documents such as bank and credit card statements, tax returns, and other papers containing sensitive information such as account and social security information.
In addition to the papers, residents are asked to also bring unneeded plastic bags, foil, and certain plastic sheets marked #2 or #4.
“Burlington County is a nationwide leader in recycling, and one of the reasons for that is outstanding programs like this one, which allow our residents to conveniently dispose of financial papers and other sensitive documents along with plastic bags and packaging materials,” said Burlington County Commissioner Tom Pullion, the liaison to the Department of Solid Waste and Recycling. “It’s a great service from the county that promotes recycling and sustainability. The next one won’t be until March 2023, so we’re advising residents to take advantage of this final Shredder event in 2022.”
Shredding is restricted to Burlington County residents only. Identification is required and a maximum of four bags or boxes of paper will be accepted. Bags and boxes must be limited to 10 pounds and should be placed in the trunk or hold for easy removal by staff. Paper that has already been shredded will be accepted.
Only confidential paper materials are shredded. Please do not bring any magazines, advertising mail or household rubbish with you. No staplers, plastic folders, computer disks, or plastic credit cards are allowed.
At the Shredder event there will be a one-off special collection of plastic bags, foils and wraps. The plastic must be packed separately from the paper. All plastics must be clean, dry and free of food debris. Acceptable products include but are not limited to: plastic grocery bags, bread bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice cream cones, plastic mailers, Ziploc and other food storage bags, cereal bags, bottled water case overwraps, and fruit bags.
All plastic collected is recycled through a county partnership with NexTrex.
Sunday’s event is the sixth shredding event hosted by the county this year. More than 4,000 residents have already recycled almost 60 tons of paper at the first five events.
Burlington County is one of the few counties in New Jersey that collects recycling from all of its communities at no cost to towns or residents. Last year, nearly 44,000 tons of recyclable materials were collected by Burlington County residents, saving their cities more than $3.8 million in landfill fees.
“Recycling is vital to our environment and also reduces the cost of solid waste for cities, which benefits taxpayers,” Pullion said. “The more residents recycle, the more everyone saves, so we encourage residents to take advantage of events like Shredder Day on Sunday.”