News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

Leonardtown, MD – If you’ve Got It … and you bring it – we’ll Shred It!  Spring is a time to clean out file cabinets, closets and desks and dispose of confidential, private and important personal documents. 

Community shredding events help protect individuals from identity theft and consumer fraud which continue as an epidemic in local communities. 

The Department of Public Works & Transportation will conduct the 7th annual community document shredding event at the St. Andrew’s Landfill on Saturday, May 4, 2019 between 8 a.m. and noon.

This community event provides residents an opportunity to shred their confidential, private and important documents at no cost. The shredder truck is capable of holding 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 will be recycled.

Residents are asked to refrain from bringing materials which are not confidential in nature, such as newspapers and magazines (these can be taken to one of six Convenience Centers around the county). This 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.  Please limit the number of boxes you bring to 3 standard bankers’ boxes (10″H x 12″W x 15”D) per person so we can serve as many residents as possible. A total of 11,060 pounds (5.53 tons) of paper was collected from 286 vehicles at the last event held on November 3, 2018. 

For more information please contact the St. Mary’s Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200 ext.73550. For more information on recycling programs, log on to our website at

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