BRIELLE — Borough Hall saw hundreds of residents drive through the municipal building parking lot this past Saturday morning to participate in a document-shredding event and reduce their potential risk of identity theft.
Monmouth County had announced in February that it partnered with 16 municipalities to provide county residents the opportunity to clear their homes of unwanted paperwork in a way that would take care of the waste without jeopardizing any of the personal or confidential information they could potentially contain.
Brielle residents were welcomed to bring up to 100 pounds, or the equivalent of four office paper boxes or large-sized trash bags, of confidential files or old documents to the borough’s municipal building parking lot to be shredded on-site and receive peace of mind that their private information had been safely disposed of.
Police officers stood at the entrance of the parking area and directed the participating vehicles to the lot while also guiding regular borough traffic around the line of waiting cars that circled the municipal building and continued down Union Lane towards Brielle Elementary School.
Inside the parking lot, workers unloaded boxes and stacks of paperwork from residents’ cars, collecting the confidential paperwork in trash bins to be emptied into the shredding trucks from AcuShred and IDS Autoshred for immediate secure disposal.
Assistant District Recycling Coordinator of Monmouth County Sam Guidetti said that they had helped over 50 cars within the first half-hour of operation and anticipated seeing over 200 cars throughout the day. According to him, the workers had seen a line of cars form around the block of the municipal building beginning at 8:15 a.m., 45 minutes before shredding was scheduled to start.