Got bags and boxes and drawers full of outdated and unwanted paper documents, financial records and other sensitive but space-invading files? On the afternoon of Saturday, May 3, all Monmouth County residents are invited to bring their confidential materials to Red Bank’s Marine Park, where the County of Monmouth will host the first of four spring 2014 Paper Shredding events.

Between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm, county residents can bring up to 100 pounds of paper materials to the mobile shredding truck stationed in the parking lot of the park, at the foot of Wharf Avenue. Materials will be shredded on premises, and residents are encouraged to arrive as early as possible, as “the shredding event will stop once the shredding truck is full.” Documents should be free of large binder clips; staples and paper clips may be left on documents.

“We are happy to offer these events for responsible paper disposal which will help residents reduce the risk of identity theft,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso. “The County continues to be proactive in removing recyclables from our waste stream, and we encourage residents to do their part by making use of these events and all other county services for proper waste disposal.”

Anyone unable to make the May 3 event will have three additional chances to shred at other Monmouth locations, on June 7 (Marlboro Municipal Complex, 1979 Township Drive), June 14 (Upper Freehold Municipal Building, 314 Route 539), and June 21 (Dow Avenue School, 555 Dow Ave., Ocean Township). Information about these events, a project of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and partner municipalities, can be obtained here or by calling (732)683-8686, ext. 6721.