Do you have some private, personal, commercial documents or cards that you don't need anymore but want to get rid of?

You are in luck.

Ocean County Commissioners announced that the 2022 edition of the residential document shredding program is getting underway and they've released the schedule of dates where you can have paper shredded starting in Berkeley Township on April 2.

“This is the first of 15 opportunities our residents have to rid their homes of personal documents that should be shredded for security purposes,” Ocean County Commissioner Barbara Jo Crea, the liaison to the Ocean County recycling program, said in a written statement. “This program has grown in popularity and we are very pleased to offer it again this year to our residents. I encourage our residents to attend any of the sites available during this year’s program. You are not limited to which sites you can attend. We hold it across the County to make certain it’s convenient for our residents.”

You don't need to register for these shredding events but residents are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Crea said that in 2021 alone, 4,615 households participated in the program.

“The 2021 Residential Document Shredding Program resulted in 107.3 tons of documents being shredded, a 15 percent increase over 2020,” Crea said.

The rules for you with the shredding program are:

- 5 file boxes or 100 pounds of confidential documents per car.

- paper clips and staples don't need to be removed, but it's fine if you do so on your own.

- You cannot bring magazines, books, junk mail, hanging file folders, greeting cards, photos, x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, microfilm, shredded paper and garbage as well as moldy or wet paper and plastic bags.

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The county contracts IDSAutoshred of Toms River to oversee the shredding at the sites which run from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm each time or until the trucks are full, whichever comes first.

Here are the dates and locations for 2022:

April 2 - Berkeley Township recycling center parking Lot, 630 Pinewald Keswick Road

April 9 - Seaside Park Parking Lot, South Bayview and 14th Avenues

April 23 - Stafford Township, Ocean County Southern Recycling Center, 379 Haywood Road

May 6 - Lakewood Public Works Lot, 1 America Ave.,

May 14 - Little Egg Harbor Township Community Center Parking Lot, 319 W. Calabreeze Way

May 20 - Toms River Township, Riverwood Park Parking Lot, 250 Riverwood Drive

June 4 - Jackson Township Municipal Building Rear Parking Lot, 95 West Veterans Highway

June 18 - Waretown Municipal Complex Lot, 50 Railroad Avenue

June 25 - Point Pleasant High School Rear Parking Lot, 2300 Panther Path

Sept. 10 - Manchester Township, Soccer Field Lot, 101 South Colonial Drive

Sept. 17 - Lacey Township Recycling Center Parking Lot, 820 Municipal Lane

Sept. 24 - Barnegat Township Recycling Center Lot, 5 Lippencott Avenue

Oct. 1 - Ship Bottom Municipal Boat Ramp, West 10th Street and Shore Avenue

Oct. 15 - Brick Township Public Works Lot, 836 Ridge Road

Oct. 22 - Beachwood Municipal Complex Parking Lot, 1600 Pinewald Road

If you prefer to shred documents at home, there are drop-off boxes at the Ocean County recycling centers for shredded office paper.

This article was updated to clarify there is no need to register.

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