Burlington County Commissioner Allison Eckel volunteers at one of Burlington County’s free paper shredding events. Burlington County residents will have three more opportunities to shred confidential documents this fall during upcoming shredding events scheduled for Sept. 24, Oct. 22 and Nov. 19. All three events will be held from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Burlington County Resource Recovery Complex, 22000 Burlington-Columbus Road in Florence. (Photo credit: Burlington County)
Burlington County residents will have three more opportunities to safely dispose of unwanted confidential documents and plastic film materials this year during the County’s upcoming fall shredding events.
Mark Your Calendars
The events will take place rain or shine from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the Burlington County Resource Recovery Complex, 22000 Burlington-Columbus Road in Florence.
- Sunday, Sept. 24
- Sunday, Oct. 22
- Sunday, Nov. 19
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.
During three spring shredding events, county residents recycled more than 40 tons of paper, positioning the County to surpass its record haul of 70 tons of paper recycled during last year’s shredding events.
“Burlington County is thrilled to offer free programs like this one that allow our residents to dispose of financial papers and other sensitive documents in a safe and environmentally friendly manner,” said Burlington County Commissioner Deputy Director Tom Pullion, the liaison to the Department of Solid Waste and Recycling. “This is a great County service that helps promote recycling and sustainability.”
Shredding is reserved for Burlington County residents only (out-of-county residents, businesses, and nonprofits will be turned away) and only confidential paper materials will be accepted at the event. Magazines, junk mail, and household trash will not be accepted, 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. Bags and boxes must be limited to 10 pounds each and should be placed in the trunk or cargo areas so staff can easily remove them. Already shredded paper will also be accepted.
During the shredding events, the County will also collect clean and dry plastic bubble wrap, plastic shipping mailers and plastic wrap from cases of water and paper products. These materials must 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.
A total of 240 pounds of plastic materials were collected during the County’s spring shredding events.
In addition to collecting plastics at shredding events, the County is also providing a regional delivery point for schools and volunteer groups that are participating in the company’s Trex Recycling challenges. Participating groups collect plastic bags and film and can earn a free Trex bench and other prizes.
The partnership with Trex and shredding events are two ways the County promotes recycling. Doing so helps protect the environment and saves local taxpayers money from reduced landfill tipping fees.
“Burlington County is one of the only counties in New Jersey to collect recycling from all of its municipalities at no charge to either the towns or their residents,” said Pullion. “We’re proud of this service and the money it saves municipalities and their property taxpayers. For every pound of material recycled, it’s one less that goes into the landfill.
Residents with questions about the shredding or plastics recycling collections can email email@example.com .
Residents are also encouraged to download the County’s free Recyle Coach app from iTunes or GooglePlay app stores for the latest information about what materials should be recycled and updates and alerts about collection schedules in each town.
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