ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Residents lined up early Saturday in the municipal parking lot at borough hall.  They brought cardboard boxes and paper bags filled with old files and personal paperwork to be shredded onsite by an industrial-sized mobile shredder truck.

“This is a great service and you couldn’t ask for better weather.” said Carl Nolan as he stood in line chatting with neighbors.

Michelle Clark, of 3rd Avenue agreed, “This is very convenient.”   Residents lined up to have personal files and confidential papers shredded onsite at Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall.  There was a steady stream all morning.

The truck worked steadily from 9:00 a.m. until it was full to the brim.  A contractor and two municipal workers loaded the documents into a large gray trash bin. The bin was then sucked up into the truck, emptying its contents inside on a shredder and packing the shredded material in the back.  The truck needed to halt operation once while the bed was tilted back to make room for more documents.



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Residents line up to have personal files and confidential papers shredded onsite at Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall.

SafeGuard Document Destruction, a contractor hired by Monmouth County Freeholders, has traveled since the summer in a program sponsored by the County and local communities to help residents rid themselves of old documents and protect their personal identity.

There will be one more Shredder Day this year on November 13 in Shrewsbury, 9AM – 1PM Municipal Complex, Borough 419 Sycamore Avenue.

County Residents are instructed to: Remove large binder clips. Staples and paper clips are OK. Do not bring more than 100 lbs! Due to heavy demand, weight limit will be strictly enforced. Service stopped once truck filled. Free service for county residents.


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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...