Leonardtown, MD – If you’ve got it … and you bring it … we’ll Shred It! 

As the fall season settles in, and the holiday season approaches, the time to clean out file cabinets, closets and desks and get rid of confidential, private and important personal documents someone may no longer wish to keep. 

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

The St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation will conduct the 6th annual community document shredding event at the St. Andrew’s Landfill on Saturday, November 3, from 8 a.m. to noon.

This community event provides residents an opportunity to have their confidential, private and important documents destroyed by a professional shredding service at no cost. The truck can hold approximately 12,000 pounds; turning sensitive documents into confetti-sized pieces. This type of shredding ensures confidential material cannot be copied.  All paper material shredded during the event is recycled.

Citizens are asked to refrain from bringing materials which are not confidential in nature, such as newspapers and magazines (these items can be disposed of at the six Convenience Centers) as they will cause the truck to quickly fill up. The shredder can handle simple staples, paper clips, spiral note books, and thin metal prongs, however it cannot accept 3 ring binders. Residents should limit the number of boxes brought to the event 3 standard bankers’ boxes (10″H x 12″W x 15”D) per person. A total of 13,460 pounds (6.73 tons) of paper wascollected at the last event held on June 23, 2018. 

For more information about the Shred event, contact the St. Mary’s Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200 ext. *3550. For more information on recycling programs, log on to http://www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/