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Community Paper Shredding and Recycling Events

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2018 Paper Shredding Events

  • Sunday, April 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – John F. Kennedy High School (1901 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20902)
  • 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. – Location: TBD

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. The last car must be in line by 2:00 p.m.

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
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