Paper Shredding Events near Philadelphia (scroll down for event dates)
COVID-19 update: HeartWork Organizing has no insight into which events might still happen as scheduled and which might not. PLEASE contact the event host (not us) for the latest.
Looking for a community shredding event near you? Bring your paperwork to shred to one of the events listed here in through the end of 2021. We attempt to ensure this information is updated and correct, but you really should verify dates, locations, fees, accepted materials and other pertinent details with the event hosts before heading to any shredding event.
Many of these events are free, but some are not. Many events hosted by municipalities are open only to local residents. Please check each venue. Find more general and useful information on shredding and recycling events here. Scroll down for event dates.
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Most paper shredding events do NOT accept electronics for recycling. You might find this link helpful for electronics recycling drop off locations in PA. As of 2018, it’s difficult to find a site to recycle a large, non-flat screen TV due to laws and fees associated with electronics disposal. It is unlawful to put your TV at the curb in PA. Contact PAR Recycle Works for pickup of your tube-style monitors and TVs.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events
If improperly discarded, household products containing toxic chemicals can be a threat to people, pets and the environment. Never dispose of hazardous materials in the trash as they may harm your sanitation workers or result in a collection vehicle fire. It is also unsafe to pour HHW down a sink or storm drain as it will end up polluting our drinking water.
Please visit this website for Delaware County, PA HHW collection event dates and locations http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/hhw.html.
Please visit the state of Delaware’s page for the HHW and monthly paper shredding dates.
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Ongoing Shredding Resources
*NEW* ProShred Security in Paoli is offering Secure Saturdays EVERY WEEK.
ADDRESS: 25 Industrial Blvd., Paoli, PA 19301
TIME: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Event Description: $10.00/copy box of paper or equivalent, $20.00 minimum.Discounts for 8+ boxes.
Electronics accepted by appointment only – call us today!
http://www.titanshredding.com/Community-Shredding-Services.aspx at the following:
- First Friday of Every Month Bailiwick Office Park 252 West Swamp Road (Rt 313 & Rt 611 Bypass) Doylestown, PA 18901TIME: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
- Second Tuesday of Every Month Upper Moreland Township Library 117 Park Avenue (off Rt 611 in the Police Dept parking lot) Willow Grove, PA 19090 TIME: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM. $10/box.
- Third Thursday of Every Month Shady Brook Farm 931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA 19067 TIME: 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM
Please double check all locations and times before attending.
Get TITAN Mobile Shredding’s NAID AAA Certified Document Destruction without setting up an appointment and no minimum service charge! For only $15.00 PER BOX you can get your confidential information securely destroyed while you watch at the following locations, rain or shine. Please call with any questions. COST at All Locations is $15 for each standard file box, copy paper box or the equivalent.
- One Box Minimum Quantity (12″ x 15″ x 10″ or equivalent) – No Maximum Box Quantity – Each Box is $15.00
- Cash or checks only please – no credit cards are accepted at Community Shredding.
- No reservation required – just stop by!
UPS Stores also offer shredding services, although these may not be immediate or free.
Wiggins Shredding also offers drop-off services at their locations:
- A box approximately 9″ x 12″ x 18″ (copy paper size) is $10 for the first box and $6.00 for each additional box.
- A box approximately 11″ x 13″ x 24″ (legal size) is $15.00 for the first box and $8.00 for each additional box.
- A 13 gallon trash bag is $10.00
- 2 paper grocery bags are $10.00
2021Tear Fest dates are:
- Friday, July 9th from 3pm – 5pm
- Saturday, July 17th from 10am – 12pm
- Friday, August 6th from 3pm – 5pm
- Saturday, August 21st from 10am – 12pm
- Friday, September 10th from 3pm – 5pm
- Saturday, September 18th from 10am – 12pm
Tear Fest Location:
Wiggins Auto Tags – West Chester
1301 West Chester Pike
West Chester, PA 19382
If your job exceeds 15 boxes please call to schedule to shred your documents at your home or place of business. If you feel as though you exceed the amount or are unable to carry the material in yourself, we suggest you come to Tear Fests.
COVID-19 update: We have no idea which events might still happen as scheduled and which might not. PLEASE contact the event host (not us) for the latest.
Community Shredding Events for 2021 Near Philadelphia
Date: SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2021 AT 10 AM EDT – 1 PM EDT
Location: Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County, 31 Oak Ave, Ste 100 Chalfont, PA 18914
Details: Also hosting Anything with A Plug disposal. Please see website.
Date: March 27, 9 am
PV Chamber Community & Business Shredding Event
Perkiomen Valley Chamber will host a Drive-Thru Secure Document Shredding Event on March 27th.
This event is free, but donations are appreciated ($10/box).
Open to public. Businesses will be limited to 4 boxes unless pre-registered.
First 200 cars will receive goody bag filled with promotional products/coupons from local businesses!
Contact Renee Blomstrom @ PV Chamber for details, sign-up to volunteer and to learn how to promote your business as this community event! 610-489-6660 or email info@PVchamber.net.
Location: Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, 100 Kagey Road, Collegeville, PA, 19426
Date: Friday (3/26) & Saturday (3/27), Time: 9am – 2pm (both days)
The City of Chester’s Annual Community Shredding Event is back.
We are hosting a FREE event that will help you dispose of personal material in a safe, trusted and environmentally friendly way.
This event is FREE for all Chester residents and business owners.
Where: Chester City Hall (Parking Lot)
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9 AM EDT – 12 PM EDT
Date: April 17, 2021, 10-1 pm
Date: SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021 AT 9 AM EDT – 1 PM EDT
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 9 AM – 12 PM
Residents only. No commercial. 2 files boxes per resident limit. Please have boxes in trunk.
Location: Christ Memorial Lutheran Church 89 Line Rd, Malvern, PA 19355
Details: Food drive and shredding event. See link for more.
Date: SAT JUL 03, 2021 AT 08:30 AM TO 02:00
All events are restricted to Delaware residents and are held rain or shine.
Date: SAT JUL 10 2021 AT 08:30 AM TO 02:00 PM UTC-04:00
Date: July 24, 2021 Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Memorial Park (Across from Public Works Garage) Address: Gibbstown, NJ 08027
Details: Public Works (856) 224-0373*Bring your paper bags and/or boxes of paper to be shredded. An experienced operator from DocuVault Delaware Valley will move the Items to a highly secure, mobile shredding unit where your confidential material will be destroyed before your eyes. 100% of the shredded paper is recycled! Only paper is accepted. Please, no plastic bags or metal—including 3-ring binders and binder clips. Paper clips and staples are OK. ONLY TWP. RESIDENTS – NO BUSINESSES · “In Cooperation with the Board of Chosen Commissioners, Robert M. Damminger, Commissioner Director
Date: Sat, October 2, 2021, ,9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Location: Radnor Financial Center, 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Wayne, PA 19087
Electronic Recycling & Paper Shredding Event – Radnor Township residents only!
Please pre-register for Electronics Recycling Event – 1 person per vehicle. THIS IS A NO CONTACT EVENT – REMAIN IN YOUR CAR FOR ELECTRONICS RECYCLING – PLEASE PLACE ALL ITEMS IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR VEHICLE AND THEY WILL BE REMOVED FOR YOU- MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES.
Please PRE-REGISTER & PRINT TICKET which must be visible on your dashboard on the day of the event.
New PADEP Rules require no more than 250 participants at this event at any given time. This event will be monitored to ensure compliance.
Date: SAT, OCTOBER 2, 2021 Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Date: Friday, October 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: 12th Street and Montgomery Avenue, right across the street from the TECH Center Entrance.
Details: This event is open to the public. Help spread the word!ProShred’s secure truck will accept your paper and destroy it. You will be able to witness the paper being shredded on the spot. This is also a great opportunity to help protect yourself, and Temple University, from information and identity theft. We look forward to seeing you there! For additional information, please visit our 2018 Paper Shred Event (Shred Day) FAQs, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This ends the posting for this year. Shredding events in our area start up again in the spring, right around tax time. Be sure to check the top of this post for several standing monthly shredding events in some counties.
Don’t see an upcoming shredding event in your area for 2021? There are very few public shredding events during the winter months in our area. Tax time (April 15) and the fall months are the most popular times for these events. We will add events as they become public.
In DE: Paper Shredding Services are available at the following locations:
1101 Lambson Lane, New Castle
1st Wednesday of Each Month 10am-2pm
1st Saturday of Each Month 8:30am-2pm
54 Fork Branch Road, Cheswold
1st Friday of Each Month 10am-2pm
28560 Landfill Lane, Georgetown
1st Monday of Each Month 10am-2pm
Residents can bring up to two boxes of paper for shredding free of charge. Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim.
In NJ: www.docuvaultdv.com Every Wednesday – from 8:00am to 10:00am anyone is invited to bring paper to be shred to our location in West Deptford, NJ. For a flat rate of $40 per bin, we bring a 64-gallon bin out to your car and you can fill it with as much paper as will fit in it. They can hold around 5 or 6 copy-paper sized boxes of paper. Staples and paper clips are okay to leave in, only binder clips must be removed prior to shredding.1240 Forest Parkway, Suite 100, West Deptford, NJ 08066. 856-853-5160
In NJ: Polar Shredding offers public shredding 1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month during Daylight Savings Time. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 9, 2014, and ends Sunday, November 2, 2014. Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: Polar Shredding (back parking lot) – 2615 River Road – Unit 7, Cinnaminson, NJ
Special info:Cost: $50 (tax is included) per tip of our 95 gallon security container. Our security container holds about 340 lbs. or approximately 10 full standard record storage boxes (12” x 15” x 10”) Please check here the day of the shredding event for the latest updates.
Closer to Bethlehem? Shredding of confidential documents is available FREE to businesses and private individuals at the Theis/Cornfeld Recycling Center. If you have 4 or more boxes, please call to schedule an appointment. http://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/recycling/services/shredding.html
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
- If you have 4 or more boxes, you need to schedule an appointment
- If you wish to stay while your material is shredded, you must have an appointment regardless of how much material you have.
We cannot shred the following:
- Anything heavier than a paper clip or staple
- Rubber bands
- Heavy file folders
- Glossy material
- X-rays or photographs
You may also want to check with hosts for previous events who have not announced upcoming dates. We will list them here as soon as we have them:
- American Heritage FCU
- Abington Township
- Temple Beth AM
- PFCU Operations Center
- Delaware Solid Waste Authority
- State Representative Tim Briggs
- Borough of Boyertown
- State Representative Nick Miccarelli
- Buckingham Township Public Works
- First Commonwealth Credit Union
State Rep. Duane Milne
- Inspire Federal Credit Union
- Schuylkill Township
- Passyunk Square Civic Association, Capitolo Park (across from Pat’s King of Steaks)
- State Rep. Michael Driscoll
- Williams Township – Residents Only
- Navigator Financial Services
- First Resource Bank
- Penn Liberty Bank (now http://WSFSbank.com )
- Larry Farmbry & Associates
- Upper Macungie Township
Montgomery County Commissioners
- First National Bank & Trust of Newtown
- Easttown Public Library
- Overbrook Presbyterian Church
- Radnor Township
- Abington Township
- Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union
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