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Posted on: November 16, 2022

Burlington County collecting paper and plastics this Sunday during final shredding event of 2022

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Burlington County residents have one more opportunity to safely dispose of confidential papers during the County’s final shredding event of 2022.

The final 2022 shredding event will be held this Sunday, November 20, from 9 AM to 1 PM, at the Burlington County Resource Recovery Complex, 22000 Burlington-Columbus Road in Florence.

Residents are encouraged to bring confidential documents such as bank and credit card statements, tax returns and other papers with sensitive information like account and Social Security information. 

In addition to papers, residents are also invited to bring any unwanted plastic bags, film and certain plastic wraps labeled No. 2 or No. 4. 

“Burlington County is a state leader in recycling and one of the reasons why is because of outstanding programs like this one that 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 County service that promotes recycling and sustainability. The next one won’t be held until March 2023, so we’re advising residents to take advantage of this final 2022 shredding event.”

Shredding is reserved for Burlington County residents only. 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 and should be placed in the trunk or cargo area so staff can easily remove them. Already shredded paper will be accepted.

Only confidential paper materials will be shredded. Please do not bring magazines, junk mail or household trash. Binders, plastic folders, computer discs or plastic credit cards are not permitted.

There will be a special, one-time collection of plastic bags, film and wrap at the shredding event.  The plastic must be bagged separately from papers. All plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue. Acceptable products include: plastic grocery bags, bread bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, plastic shipping envelopes, Ziploc and other food storage bags, cereal bags, overwrap from bottled water cases and produce bags.

All collected plastics will be recycled through a County partnership with NexTrex.

Sunday’s event will be the sixth shredding event held by the County this year. Already more than 4,000 residents have recycled close to 60 tons of paper during the first five events. 

Burlington County is one of the only counties in New Jersey to collect recycling from all its municipalities at no charge to either towns or residents. Last year, close to 44,000 tons of recyclables were collected from Burlington County residents, saving their towns more than $3.8 million in landfill tipping fees.

“Recycling is essential for our environment and it also reduces solid waste costs for towns, which benefits taxpayers,” Pullion said. “The more residents recycle the more everyone saves, so we encourage residents to take advantage of events like Sunday’s shredding day.”

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