News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director | Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner | Doug Singleterry, Commissioner



May 18, 2021


Somerset County Reschedules Free Document Shredding Event, New Date May 22

Last Weekend’s Cancellation Due to Vendor Error


BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset County has rescheduled its May Operation Secure Shred to Saturday, May 22, at the Somerset County Public Works GarageNorth County Facility located at 411 Chimney Rock Road in Bridgewater from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event is a FREE and easy way for residents to help guard against identity theft. The event will occur rain or shine. Now more shredding trucks will be at the site to provide residents with more efficient service.


“On behalf of Somerset County’s Public Works Department, I want to apologize for the inconvenience that the postponed shredding-event may have caused our residents,” said Somerset County Commissioner Melonie Marano. “I understand that folks are busy on the weekends. It was beyond inconvenient for residents to make an unnecessary trip to a shredding site since this type of errand requires planning and legwork.


“Ironworks, the vendor contracted to deliver the shredding trucks, didn’t arrive as scheduled and as a result we had to postpone the event,” she said. “Usually, they are very dependable, and we were extremely disappointed that they didn’t show up. However, Ironworks is fully committed to providing excellent service at the rescheduled event on May 22.”


For residents who are unable to attend the rescheduled Operation Secure Shred, there will be another shredding event occurring on June 26 in the Somerset section of Franklin Township. For a complete list of shredding events and locations, visit


Social Distancing Guidelines

Facial coverings are required. Residents should be prepared to unload their items. Staff will be available to assist residents if necessary.


Proof of Residency

Residents must be prepared to present a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill that shows proof of a Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses and commercial vehicles are NOT allowed.


Residents from all 21 Somerset County municipalities can attend as many shredding events, as they like, and can also participate even if they do not reside in the towns that are holding the events. To view a list of shredding events, visit

Items Accepted

Participants can bring up to six boxes, containers or bags of documents per visit, but they will be required to take back their receptacles. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed.


Items Not Accepted

Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will NOT be accepted.


For more information about Operation Secure Shred, contact the Somerset County Public Works Department at 908-203-6018 or email

Victims of identity theft can download the Federal Trade Commission’s comprehensive booklet, “Identity Theft: A Recovery Plan.” For more information, visit


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