Private businesses as well as select municipalities in New Jersey periodically offer free shredding events. Information about these events typically appears in regional newspapers or on local government websites.
Individuals interested in attending a shredding event should research the particulars before driving to the event location. Some events are intended for the sole benefit of residents of a particular town or county. Somerset County, New Jersey noted that shredding events held in 2015 would conclude when the trucks were full, so arriving at an event as early as possible is recommended.
As an alternative, one may seek out coupons for free shredding from major office supply retailers. As of 2015, Staples offers a printable coupon for free shredding of up to five pounds of materials.