Leonardtown, MD – Fall is a time to clean out file cabinets, closets and desks and get rid of confidential, private, and important personal documents that no longer need to be kept. 

Community shredding events help protect individuals from identity theft and consumer fraud which are becoming an epidemic in our communities. 

To raise awareness and to promote prevention, the Department of Public Works & Transportation will host its 4th annual community Document Shredding Event at the St. Andrew’s Landfill on Saturday, November 4, 2017 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.

This community event will provide residents with the opportunity to have their confidential, private and important documents destroyed by a professional shredding service at no cost. The Shred-It truck is capable of holding approximately 12,000 pounds while using proprietary crosscut shredding technology which turns sensitive documents into confetti-sized pieces. This type of shredding ensures confidential material cannot be copied.  All paper material shredded during the event will be recycled.

Citizens are asked to refrain from bringing materials that are not confidential in nature, such as newspapers and magazines as they will cause the truck to fill up more quickly. The shredder can handle simple staples, paper clips, spiral note books and thin metal prongs, however it cannot accept 3 ring binders.  Residents are asked to limit the number of boxes to 2 standard bankers boxes (10″H x 12″W x 15”D) per person so as many residents as possible can be served. A total of 11,200 pounds of paper was collected at the last event held on May 6, 2017. 

For more information please contact the St. Mary’s Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200 ext. 3551. For more information on recycling programs, log on to our website at http://www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/