Spring community shredding events in Baltimore, MD and DC metro

shred daySpring cleaning is underway, and for those us still accumulating paper, we also need to regularly purge old and no longer needed paperwork.  If you have a large amount of sensitive paperwork due to a recent spring clean session, you may find yourself dreading the thought of shredding it all in your standard home shredder! This is why I like to pay attention to any local community shredding events coming up in the area in the spring and fall, so that I can also share them with you.

Companies like AllShredMd, ProShred, Shred-It, The Shred Mill and FreeSecureShredding are wonderful companies who occasionally offer free or low fee shredding events and will shred your paperwork onsite at the shredding event.

Please note that some of the events may be fundraisers, so please consider a small donation if you attend a shred day fundraising event.  The following are a few community shredding events in April in the area (Maryland-Baltimore metro/Washington, DC metro).  If you live outside of this area, visit the company websites with national chains to see if they are offering an event near you.

Baltimore area (Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, Timonium, Bel Air):

GreenFest-Post-Card-jpeg-450x310Columbia: Howard Community College Shred Day at GreenFest
All Shred – Saturday, April 16 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (rain or shine)
Howard Community College in the Burrill Galleria, Columbia, Md.
10901 Little Patuxent Pwky, Columbia, MD United States
This event will be during the Howard County GreenFest.  Learn more about GreenFest, and also the 20 Minute Clean-up in Howard County, Md on Earth Day in my article here on Examiner.

shred day bbb howard county 2016Timonium: Better Business Bureau Shred Day at the Maryland State Fairgrounds
Saturday, April 16 – 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. (rain or shine) –

North Gate Area, Maryland State Fairgrounds
3 bags and boxes per car
For more information go to Maryland State Fairgrounds Shred Day
During the event, you will also be able to recycle computers and cell phones and BBB staff and representatives from partnering organizations will be available to answer questions about preventing identity theft and provide resources for victims. [Source: BBB]

Baltimore: ProShred Fundraiser for Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
Sunday, April 17, 2016 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208

Ellicott City: The Shred Mill Fundraising Event at Howard High School
Saturday, April 23, 2016 – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Howard High School Parking Lot
8700 Old Annapolis Rd, Ellicott City, Md 21043
Benefiting the Howard High Football Team

Baltimore: Community SHRED-IT Fundraising Event
Shred-It – Saturday April 30, 2016 – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Calvary Lutheran Church, 2625 East Northern Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21214
A $5 donation, benefiting the church, is requested.
Up to 10 boxes of paper per person.
We hope to see you there! http://www.shredit.com/en-us/baltimore-en

navy shred-eral shred dayBel Air: Navy SHRED-eral Day at Navy Federal Credit Union
Saturday, April 23 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
5 Bel Air South Parkway, Suite 101, Bel Air, MD
Go to the Navy SHRED-eral events page here for more information.

Timonium: ProShred Fundraiser for Timonium United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
2300 Pot Spring Road, Timonium MD 21093

Washington, DC Metro area (Rockville, Olney,  Annapolis, Gambrills, Laurel etc.):

freesecureshreddingOlney-Sandy Spring: Sherwood High School Community Paper Shredding/Recycling and Clothing/Household Item Reuse, Olney-Sandy Spring, Md
Sunday, April 10 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Check rules and for updates on website in case of inclement weather:
Montgomery County Shredding Events

Rockville: Energy Credit Union Shred Event
All-ShredSaturday, April 23 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
805 King Farm Blvd
Rockville, MD

Various: Navy SHRED-eral Day at Multiple DC area/Eastern/Southern Md
Saturday, April 23 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Shred Event Locations:
Accokeek –  7001 Berry Road, Accokeek, MD
Annapolis –  825 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD
Gambrills – 1356-A Main Chapel Way, Gambrills, MD
Glenarden – 2200 Petrie Lane, Suite 536, Glenarden, MD
Laurel Lakes – 14260-B Baltimore Avenue, Laurel Lakes, MD
Lexington Park – 46241 Corporate Way, Lexington Park, MD

Go to the Navy SHRED-eral events page here for more information.

If you know of any others in the area this Spring, please share in the comments.  I will try to update with more events later in the spring for May and June, if I hear of any.  Now, put it on your calendar, and get some paper decluttering done so that you get it out of your house!

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Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person's expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook
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4 Responses to Spring community shredding events in Baltimore, MD and DC metro

  1. Marlene C. says:

    Just missed the April shredding events, due to deployment to disaster recovery mission in Louisiana. Does anyone have an idea where I could get these free shredding services?

  2. Gloria Vogt says:

    when is the next shredding event for A A county or surrounding areas.

    • Jacquie says:

      Hi – The best advice I can give is to subscribe to my blog updates for shred day announcements. The sign up box is on my home page. Thanks!