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Paper Shredding Events Near Philadelphia 2023

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COVID-19 update: HeartWork Organizing has no insight into which shred events might still happen as scheduled and which might not. PLEASE contact the event host (not us) for the latest.

Looking for a “free community shredding event near me”? Bring your paperwork to shred to one of the events listed here in through the end of 2022. 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 shred events are free, but some are not. Many shredding 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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Electronics Recycling

Most paper shredding events do NOT accept electronics for recycling. 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. https://www.delcopa.gov/recycle/hhw.html.

Please visit the state of Delaware’s page for the HHW and monthly paper shredding dates.

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Ongoing Paper Shredding Events near Philadelphia

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.

Titan shred events 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 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

2023 Tear Fest dates are:

  • Saturday, February 18th from 10am – 12pm
  • Friday, March 3rd from 3pm – 5pm
  • Saturday, March 18th from 10am – 12pm
  • Friday, April 14th from 3pm – 5pm
  • Saturday, April 22nd 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.

Reminder: We have no idea which events might happen as scheduled and which might not. PLEASE contact the event host (not us) for the latest.

Community Shredding Events Near Philadelphia 2023

Date: 03/25/2023
Time: 10-1 pm
Host: Kim Marren, Compass RE Wayne, Sponsored by SQS Square Settlement
Location: 216 E Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
Notes: Please RSVP to Kim.marren at compass.com no later than 3/20/23


Date: 04/22/2023

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

Website: https://www.abingtonpa.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/7113/18

Location: Public Works Facility, 2201 Florey lane, Abington, PA 19001

Notes: Residents are encouraged to bring any confidential or personal documents that they would like to discard. There is a limit of 4 boxes/bags per car and each box/bag cannot exceed 30 lbs. No businesses! Additionally, the EAC will be holding a food drive and accepting cash donations for local food banks. 

Date: 04/22/2023

Time: 8:00am-12:00PM

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/berks-county-paper-shredding-event-april-22-2023-registration-473439719947

Location: Governor Miifflin Intermediate School, 600 Governer Dr., Shillington, PA 19607

Notes: Berks County residents ONLY. No businesses! Registration required. 5 boxes per vehicle max.

Date: 04/23/2023

Time: 11:00AM-2:00PM

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/upper-merion-townships-drive-thru-recycling-event-tickets-483352750087

Location: Upper Merion Area Middle School, 450 Keebler Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406

Notes: Drive thru free recycling event. E-waste, paper shredding, and clothing/item donations. Rain or shine. Event runs until 2PM or until trucks are full.

Date: 04/29/2023

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

Website: https://www.mercercounty.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/7781/

Location: Lot 4, 651 South Broad St., Trenton, NJ 08611

Notes: Merser County. A max of 8 bankers boxes. For more information call 609-278-8086 or visit www.MCIANG.org.

Date: 04/29/2023
Time: 10:00AM-1:00PM
Location: Marple Newtown High School, 120 Media Line Rd., Newtown Square, PA
Notes: Co-hosted by State Representative Lisa Borowski. State Representative Greg Vitali, and State Senator Tim Kearney. Bring up to 2 boxes of documents to shred. Papers with staples and paper clips will be accepted. Large binder clips must be removed. First come, first served until the truck is full. Marple Newtown High School parking lot, call 610-789-3900 if you have any questions.

Date: 04/29/2023

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM
Location: Charles E. Coxe Memorial Campus, 688 Sugartown Road, Malvern, PA 19355

Notes: Limit: six boxes. Do not bring newspapers, magazines, cardboard, wallpaper, books, sheets of plastic, Pendaflex folders with metal strips, or three-ring binders. Remove all binder clips. Items containing staples, standard paper clips, or rubber bands will be accepted. This is a program for residents, not for commercial enterprises seeking to empty file cabinets. Shredding truck departs at 12:00PM or when it reaches its 5-ton capacity. WILLISTOWN RESIDENTS ONLY.

Date: 4/29/2023
Time:  9 am-12 PM

Bring your sensitive and confidential documents to a free community paper shredding event sponsored by Great Valley Rotary Club. Shredders (trucks) will be set up in the parking lot of the Township building at 101 Commerce Drive, Exton.This event is free to the community. The Rotary Club will accept donations, 100% of which will go to Peoples Pantry, Chester County Food Bank, or Home of the Sparrow.

Date: 4/29/2023
Time:  10 am-12 PM

website: https://www.senatorstevesantarsiero.com/event/shredding/

Location: Senator Steve Santarsiero will host a Shredding Event, Food Drive and Household Good Collection on April 29 from 10 am – noon at Central Bucks High School East, 2804 Holicong Road, Doylestown, PA 18902.

Paper, checks, bills, manila folders. Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed.

Phone books, books, newspapers, or non-paper items.
*Limit is 2 file boxes, copy paper boxes, or reusable containers. Paper grocery bags are also acceptable.

Fruit Juice, Breakfast Cereal, Peanut Butter, Soup, Canned Chicken, Tuna or Salmon, Applesauce, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Beans, Pasta, Rice. Also accepting toiletry items.

Food Drive benefiting the Bucks County Opportunity Council.


Date: 4/30/2023
Time:  11 AM – 2 PM

Location: McCausland – Garrity – Marchesani Funeral Home

343 S. Chester Pike, Glenolden, 19036 United States
Protect Your Identity – Free Shredding Event

Expired Prescription Pill Drop off & Destruction

Endorsed by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office and the Glenolden Police Department

Sponsored by the
McCAUSLAND- GARRITY- MARCHESANI Funeral Home and Crematory
343 S. Chester Pike, Glenolden, PA 19036

Please bring a canned good donation for our local food bank!


Date: 05/06/2023
Time: 10:00am-12:00PM
Location: Bucks County Technical High School, 610 Wistar Road, Fairless Hills, PA
Notes: Senator Steve Santarsiero will host a Shredding Event, Food Drive and Household Good Collection. Paper, checks, bills, manila folders. Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed. Limit is 2 file boxes, copy paper boxes, or reusable containers. Paper grocery bags are also acceptable. PREFERRED FOOD DONATIONS: Fruit Juice, Breakfast Cereal, Peanut Butter, Soup, Canned Chicken, Tuna or Salmon, Applesauce, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Beans, Pasta, Rice. Also accepting toiletry items. 

Date: 05/13/2023
Time: 7:00AM-2:00PM
Location: The Independence School, 1300 Papermill Road, Newark, NJ 19711
Notes: State Rep. Mike Smith will join with DSWA for his Annual FREE Recycling & Paper Shredding. Delawareans can drop off their household hazardous waste and electronic goods for recycling. Two boxes of paper will also be shredded on site. The event will be held rain or shine.


Date: 05/13/2023
Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM
Location: Malvern Federal Savings Bank, 42 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, PA
Notes: Save the Date! Sponsored by the PBPA, this event will take place in the Malvern Bank Corporate Parking Lot and will be serviced by Wiggins Shredding of Paoli.

Date: 06/03/2023
Time: 9:00A-2:00PM
Location: Woodcrest Patco Station, 200 Tindale Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: This is free to all Camden County residents only, no businesses allowed. All residents must show proof of residency, stay in your vehicle during the event, and all materials being dropped off should be located in the back of your vehicle for easy access. Envelopes with windows and stapled documents will be accepted. 

Date: 06/03/2023
Time: 8:30AM—2:00PM
Location: Delaware Recycling Center, 1101 Lambson Lane, New Castle, DE 19720
Notes: Paper shredding and latex paint collection.

Date: 09/02/2023
Time: 8:30AM—2:00PM
Location: Delaware Recycling Center, 1101 Lambson Lane, New Castle, DE 19720
Notes: Paper shredding and latex paint collection.

America Recycles Day is annually celebrated on November 15.

This ends the posting for this year. Shredding events in our area start up again in the spring, around tax time. Be sure to check the top of this post for several standing monthly shredding events. 

Don’t see an upcoming shredding events near you in 2023? 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.

In DE: Paper Shredding Services are available at the following locations:

Delaware Recycling Center
1101 Lambson Lane, New Castle
1st Wednesday of Each Month 10am-2pm
1st Saturday of Each Month 8:30am-2pm
Cheswold Collection Station
54 Fork Branch Road, Cheswold
1st Friday of Each Month 10am-2pm
Jones Crossroads Landfill
28560 Landfill Lane, Georgetown
1st Monday of Each Month 10am-2pm
Saturday Collection Events also offer Paper Shredding for Residents.

Click Here For The State of Delaware 2023 Collection Event Schedule

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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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. L

    I think there will be an event on Saturday, June 8th in South Philly; high school? You might want to add it to your list. thanks.

    1. Darla

      Thanks! Please post a link if you have it.

  2. Cindy

    Location: Arcadia University, 450 S Easton Rd, PA, 19038
    Time: January 20th, 2020 ; 10:00AM-2PM
    Website: http://arcadia.edu/MLKDAY
    Details: Free Shredding will be offered by Wiggins Shredding and Proshred in exchange for donations of non-perishables for local food pantries, books to support Project Home Books, Career and Formal Wear to benefit Career Wardrobe and Covenant House, and cash donations for future AU community and civic engagement service programming.
    *Items not listed above will not be accepted and will be required to remain in your vehicle*

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