After the latest visit to Sleepy Hollow , the county's mobile shredding unit will try again in Tarrytown.
On Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the truck will be parked in the commuter lot on the north side of Village Hall.
Want to unload the piles of paper accumulating in your home? Follow these tips from the Westchester.gov website:
- The maximum delivery per household is four file boxes (approx. 10" x 12" x 15" in size) of personal and confidential documents.
- Documents from large or small businesses (including legal, accounting and medical practices) will not be accepted; they will be rejected.
Kinds of documents to shred
Remember, it's best to shred documents you're no longer using, like old documents and bills, that bear personal identifying information such as name, address, phone number, credit card number or social security number. Such documents should be shredded before they are thrown out for recycling. Some examples are:
- junk mail
- old utility bills
- driver licenses
- expired credit cards and receipts
- old tax returns or any other documents containing your name, address and other identifying information
- pre-approved credit card applications
As this service is gaining in popularity, residents should be prepared to wait as lines are sometimes long. However, the wait doesn't have to be that long. Come prepared. This means you've removed all metal clips, fasteners, binders, folders and hard covers and placed the papers loosely in a box. Hard covers – cardboard or plastic covers on items such as ledger books, marble composition books and hard-cover books – cannot be shredded and will be turned away. Residents must rip pages out from hard cover books for shredding and throw the covers in their regular household trash. Up to four boxes of papers are allowed for shredding.
The service is free to county residents.
For more information about identity theft, call the Dept. of Consumer Protection (914) 995-2155. For questions about recycling, call (914) 813-5425, the Recycling HelpLine.