Baltimore area paper shredding companies who sponsor community shred days offer a well needed service. Residential shredders are great for routine shredding, but not for large paper purging jobs. Some homeowners have a regularly scheduled drop-off at one of the area shredding companies, or sometimes, the local office supply store. However, if their needs are small, waiting for a local, and often, free community shredding event, makes sense, and may even motivate them to get some last minute paper decluttering done before the day! Residents should check with their local county’s website to see if they are offering a community shred day during the months of September and October.
In Howard County, the next community event will be in Ellicott City on Saturday, Oct. 17. This free event is for Howard County residents from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and will take place at the Long Gate Park & Ride, which is behind the Long Gate Shopping Center, off Rt. 100 (exit 1A).
Howard County residents may bring up to 3 bags or boxes of paper to be shredded. The onsite shredding company, which will be compliant with the industry’s security regulations, will have their trucks onsite where you can actually watch them shred your paperwork before you leave. Please review the list below of what’s accepted and what’s not.
What: Howard County Shredding Event
When: Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (rain or shine)
Where: Long Gate Park & Ride (exit 1A off of Route 100), Ellicott City, Md.
Limit: 3 bags or boxes of material (see below for list of what’s accepted/not accepted)
From Howard County Website:
- Federal and State Tax documents
- Credit card and other household bills
- Medical records
- Pay stubs
- Mortgage documents
- Insurance bills
Be sure to review your items carefully and remove all items that do not fall into one of the categories listed above.
Please do not pack boxes or paper bags heavier than you can safely lift and carry to your vehicle without assistance.
Items NOT Accepted:
- File folders
- Manila folders
- Junk mail
- Event programs
- Coloring books
- Calendars, etc.
Please make sure that your boxes or paper bags are ALSO free of:
- Plastic or glass items
- Binder clips
- Scissors, etc.
Baltimore Organized Families writer, Jacquie Ross, has been writing for The Examiner since 2009. Please check out her other articles related to decluttering, organization and time management. Jacquie, a professional organizer and certified life coach, also shares organizing tips in her Timely Tips e-newsletter. Subscribers are eligible to receive a free email declutter tips course when they sign up for her newsletter.