Shred documents for personal security! Monmouth County has announced a free service for residents who want to get rid of old documents that contain personal information. A free shredding truck will be in two Monmouth County locations in June:
June 10th in Matawan. Look for the shredding truck in parking lot #1 at the Matawan-Aberdeen train station.
June 17th in Oceanport. Look for the shredding truck at the Oceanport Borough Hall at 910 Oceanport Way (located in Ft. Monmouth).
The events are 9am to 1pm but will end early if the truck fills up before 1pm. Might want to show up early. Note that large binder clips must be removed but small staples and paper clips can stay (that makes things a lot simpler than using a home shredder for this project). There’s a limit of 100 pounds per person, about 4 boxes. No business shredding for businesses, as you can see below.
Why shred papers? Personal information contained on old documents can lead to identity theft. Obviously, things like your social security number cannot get out into the public. But, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, old documents with birthdays and old addresses are problematic too.
Some people hoard that stuff. I remember when my mom passed away I had to deal with all kinds of old tax forms and bank records. I wasn’t really sure what to do with them until a friend suggested a shredding service. I was willing to pay for this… but Monmouth County knows that identity theft is a real problem so they’re setting up this service for free (paid for by our tax dollars, no doubt).
Here’s a list of the complete schedule of shredding events in Monmouth County.