Shred Center

SHRED SHEDThe Shred Center is a free service available to Orange County residents, Orange County small businesses, Orange County Departments, all Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, and Town of Hillsborough employees, as well as Town departments.

Note: The Shred Center is for confidential un-shredded paper only.  Pre-Shredded paper WILL NOT be accepted.

Shredding is available by APPOINTMENT ONLY between 9am-2pm. Please call (919)968-2788 or email recycling@orangecountync.gov to schedule an appointment.

  • Mondays & Tuesdays – open to County Departments and Town Departments.
  • Wednesdays – open to Orange county residents and Town and County employees for personal shredding.
  • Thursdays – open to Orange County small businesses including not-for-profit organizations (churches and non-government organizations).

All users will be limited to 2 boxes of confidential papers per appointment. Boxes may not be larger than 15 x 12x 10 (legal or banker box sized). Material MUST be brought in box(s) that meet these specifications or material will be turned away.  Please bring confidential paper ONLY. No discs, credit cards, magazines, newspapers, business cards, or general bulk mail will be accepted. All staples and clips must be removed.  Material that does not meet these specifications will be turned away and another appointment will need to be scheduled.                 

Note: The Shred Center will not be replacing shred-a-thons. It is simply meant to supplement the time between shred-a-thons, and allow OC residents, businesses, and town departments more opportunities to recycle confidential paper.

Orange County can no longer accept shredded paper in the blue recycle carts.

  • Our current recycling processor is no longer accepting shredded material in with single stream recyclables, because of this, we cannot accept shredded paper in the blue carts or at the Waste and Recycling centers.
  • If you would like your un-shredded confidential material recycled, you are asked to either bring it to be shredded at one of the semi-annual shred-a-thons, or utilize the new Shred Center.
  • If you choose to shred your paper at home rather than bring it to one of the shredding operations that Orange County offers, the remaining option is to dispose of it with your household trash