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Confidential Document Shredding

FREE TO KANE COUNTY RESIDENTIAL USERS ONLY - NO BUSINESS SHREDDING

2022 Dates: May 14, Aug. 13, & ​Oct. 8  
Where: 540 S Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
Hours: 8am-12 noon only on d​ates listed ab​ove, please arrive between these hours. Do not arrive early as you create the problem you are trying to avoid - a long line that is not moving!​ Please note that we may need to close​ early if all trucks fill up.

Ready, Shreddy...GO! 

What you can bring:

Please sort your papers so that you bring ONLY confidential materials. Event staff or volunteers may ask you to leave the line and sort your papers if you bring a lot of material that does not need to be shredded.

Confidential materials include: tax records, medical records, bank & credit card statements, any document displaying a social security number. This is information that someone could use to steal your identity and/or money.

Confidential materials DO NOT include: ​cash register receipts, ​magazines, newspapers, empty envelopes, junk mail, school papers or report cards, photocopies of jokes, recipes, etc., books, or photographs. Most of these can go in curbside recycling, except cash register receipts and photographs, which should go in the trash, and books which can go to a Kane County Recycling Center or thrift store.

If it is not paper, we can't take it for shredding. This means no CDs or floppy discs, hard drives, credit cards (cut up with scissors and place in trash)​, shoes, Christmas decorations, plastic sleeves on files, plastic  binders, or garbage.​ ​

The amount you may bring:

Quantity limit is the equivalent of 4 banker boxes (12"width x 16"depth x 10"height) worth of material per vehicle. However, you can bring your papers to the events any type of box or paper bag. No plastic bags please.

How to prepare your papers:

PLEASE REMOVE all binder clips, ring clips, three-ring binders, hanging file folders with metal hangers, and any other larger metal pieces.​ These can go airborne when they hit the shredder blades, causing a hazard to event attendees. Staples, paperclips, spiral bindings, manila folders, and file folders without metal are okay to leave.

PLEASE REMOVE all plastic, including page protectors, dividers, file label holders, plastic folders or binders. Envelope windows are okay, though we encourage you to remove envelopes, as they are not confidential material.

What to expect:

You will likely join a line of traffic when you pull into the event site - our shredding events are very popular! Please pay attention to all event personnel directing traffic and all event signs. Please stay in your vehicle except to use the Pit Stop (northeast corner of the front parking lot).

The line of traffic will move towards the on-site shredding trucks; there are four trucks scheduled for each 2022 event, with each truck holding up to 12,000 pounds of paper. You may be asked to pull into a separate line as you get closer to the trucks. Please follow all event personnel directions.​

As you pull up to the unloading area, please pop your trunk or make sure your doors are unlocked, but do not exit your vehicle. Volunteers will take your documents and load them into the truck hopper and put your boxes (if any) back in your car. Please pull forward and follow traffic to the exit as soon as your documents are unloaded. If it is important for you to physically see your documents be shredded, you MUST pull out of line and park until the hopper for your truck is full and the contents are shredded. You MAY NOT wait in the unloading zone for the batch to be shredded. 

Documents are cross-shredded into confetti-sized pieces​ as they are tipped into the shredding trucks.​

Please check this page before the event to confirm, as things do change​. See alternatives below if you have an urgent need.​

​Alternatives:

If you do not want to wait, you might try calling your bank to see if they have a free yearly shredding event for their customers; they sometimes do. Also some Alderman offices are organizing small scale shred events in their wards; check with yours to see if there are any planned. ​

Otherwise, here is a list of some companies that offer shredding services in the area. These companies serve residents and businesses, and most charge a fee per pound​.

  • AMS Store and Shred​ of Lake in the Hills: 800-262-2344
  • ATR - Advanced Technology Recycler: 815-844-7779
  • Groot - Accurate Document Destruction: 800-407-4733
  • Iron Mountain: 800-899-4766
  • Life Storage Centers of Aurora: 630-618-2161
  • ​My Shredding Service, Geneva: 248-387-9395
  • Shred-It: 708-345-8392​
  • Shred Nations​: ​630-299-4886
  • Shred Nations offers residential quantity shredding through local offices, find a location with the zip code location finder​.​ 
  • UPS stores
​​Note:
This list is not all inclusive, nor does Kane County promote any of these businesses over ​others. It is simply a list of options for confidential document shredding services, meant to serve as a helpful guide.​​​
Already Shredded Paper?

DO NOT PUT IN CURBSIDE RECYCLING BIN: Paper that has already been shredded is not recyclable in the curbside recycling programs because it creates a major problem at sorting facilities. 

BRING TO ANY KANE COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER: If you have already shredded your documents, you can bring​ bags of shredded paper to the Kane County Recycling Centers. Please bring shredded paper in paper bags (with top rolled and stapled once or twice). Shredded paper will be sent for pulping.

SHRED JUDICIOUSLY: Best practice if you want to shred your own confidential material is to tear off the portion of the page that contains the confidential information and shred that and then recycle the rest of the sheet whole in your curbside recycling program.