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Community Paper Shredding and Recycling Events

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2018 Paper Shredding Events

  • Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Watkins Mill High School (10301 Apple Ridge Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20879)
  • Sunday, June 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Poolesville High School (17501 West Willard Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837)

On-Site Paper Shredding and Recycling Guidelines

Events will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Check this page for updates posted by 7:00 a.m. on the day of the event.

All paper will be shredded on-site. These are drive-through events, and we ask you to stay in your vehicle. For everyone’s safety, you will not be able to watch your paper being shredded.

Services donated by: Clean Cut Shredding

Paper shredding is available at no charge to Montgomery County, Maryland, residents only (no businesses are permitted).

Limit: 5 paper bags or small cardboard boxes of paper per household/vehicle.

All events run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No cars will be permitted to enter the parking lot of the school after 2:00 p.m. The County reserves the right to close the event before 2:00 p.m. if the mobile shredding trucks become filled to capacity.

Acceptable types of paper for shredding include:

  • All types of paper such as financial and legal documents, receipts, and tax and medical records
  • Papers with staples or paper clips (please remove binder clips and rubber bands)
  • Envelopes with plastic windows

Unacceptable items for shredding include:

  • Paper in 3-ring binders and spiral notebooks (please remove binders and spiral bindings)
  • No file folders with metal fasteners and no hanging file folders (all paper must be removed from these types of folders)
  • Plastic items such as credit cards or plastic bags
  • Electronic items such as CDs or computer disks

Services provided by, and partners in these events are

  • Clean Cut Shredding
  • National Children’s Center
  • National Federation for the Blind

Reusable Clothing and Household Goods Reuse Donation Guidelines

Benefiting: National Children’s Center (May 12th event); and National Federation for the Blind (June 3rd event).

Bring items that are in working/usable condition. Please bring gently used clothing and small loose items in bags or boxes. Tax-deduction receipts will be available upon request.
  • Clean clothing, shoes, accessories, and bed and bath items
  • Miscellaneous household goods such as dining ware, pots and pans,glassware, picture frames, power tools, small electronics, arts and craftssupplies, and garden tools
  • Books, CDs, DVDs, etc. (no encyclopedias and textbooks)
  • Furniture and other items such as tables, chairs, bookshelves, and lamps
  • Please -- no large appliances, automobile parts, or construction materials

For specific guidance on items acceptable for reuse drop-off, visit

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