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Community Paper Shredding and Recycling Events

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  • 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.
  • These recycling events are free of charge and open to Montgomery County residents only. Please, no businesses.
  • Limit: 5 paper bags or small cardboard boxes of paper per household/vehicle.

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.

All events run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The last car must be in line by 2:00 p.m.


Services provided by, and partners in these events are:

  • Clean Cut Shredding
  • A Wider Circle

On-Site Paper Shredding and Recycling Guidelines

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.

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)
  • Plastic items such as credit cards or plastic bags
  • Electronic items such as CDs or computer disks

Reusable Clothing and Household Goods Donation Guidelines

Donation opportunities are available at the October 7, 2017 and the November 4, 2017 events.

Benefitting: A Wider Circle (October 7, 2017 and November 4, 2017).

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.

General guidelines for acceptable donations are:

  • Clean clothing, shoes, accessories (baby clothing up to 4T is needed)
  • Bed and bath items: blankets, sheets and towels
  • Miscellaneous household goods such as dining ware, pots and pans, glassware, silverware, cooking utensils, picture frames, power tools, televisions, vacuum cleaners, and small area rugs
  • Books, CDs, DVDs, etc. (no encyclopedias and textbooks)
  • Furniture and other items such as tables, chairs, desks, bookshelves, and lamps
  • No large appliances, automobile parts, or construction materials


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