After a year’s interruption due to COVID-19, the A. Dennis Moore Recycling Center will once again host its annual shredding service on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Available free to all Harpswell residents, the service will be provided by Without A Trace Mobile Shredding, of Scarborough, which will have a truck parked down below, behind the center.

Residents are encouraged to bring their sensitive financial or medical papers, such as bank statements and credit card statements, for secure, confidential disposal. As in past years, the service will be a drive-thru event where recycling volunteers will assist residents with removing the materials from their vehicles and loading the shredding bins.

The bins are then loaded into the on-site truck and the papers are shredded on the spot. A video camera inside the truck confirms the shredding process. Later, the shredded materials are recycled off-site. The recycling volunteers will also recycle any unwanted bags or boxes used by residents to bring their materials to the event.

Items that can be shredded include paper, manila folders, hanging folders, staples, paper clips, and binder clips. Materials that cannot be shredded include plastic, such as page protectors and credit cards, dark brown folders, accordion folders, rubber bands, three-ring binders, photographs, slides, newspapers and magazines.

Due to the Phase 1 construction that is scheduled to be underway at the recycling center, residents using the shredding service will be requested to follow the on-site instructions for navigating through the center.