Shredding Events

Washington County offers free paper shredding events for confidential papers at the Environment Center. Documents will be shredded on-site by Shred Right and recycled. CDs, floppy disks, and other media will be accepted for off-site destruction. These events are free and open to residents and businesses. 

Shredding events are very popular, please consider attending a one-day collection event to help with traffic flow.

If you plan to attend: 


  • Expect long wait times.
  • Follow on-site traffic signage. Line will form from the south.
  • Shredding events are for materials that contain personal or financial information only. Do not mix confidential paper with items that do not require shredding such as newspapers or magazines.
Preparing for drop-off:
  • Limit of 6 boxes weighing no more than 30 lbs each. (Limit will be strictly enforced.)
  • Do not put paper documents in plastic bags; use boxes or paper bags. Totes and reusable bags will be returned.  
  • Staples, paper clips, and rubber bands do not have to be removed. However, 3-ring binders, large binder clips, plastics, or metals must be removed.
  • Do not tape boxes shut as it slows down the process. 
  • Due to the large volume of customers, we are no longer able to offer witnessed destruction.
  • Do not mix confidential paper with items that do not require shredding such as newspapers or magazines. 

2022 Shredding Events at the Environmental Center


Shredding events are open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

  • April 20 
  • May 25   
  • June 22 
  • August 3 
  • September 28  
  • November 9  

Why can’t I recycle my shredded paper at home?

Once paper is shredded, it is very difficult to recycle. When shredded in bulk and kept out of mixed recycling, paper is much easier to recycle.