Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative offices are open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. The permit office is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448, Fairfax, Va 22035

John Kellas,
Deputy Director, Solid Waste Management

Document Shredding

secure document shredding

Due to continued labor shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be some changes to the event schedule provided below. Please check this site again prior to attending any of the events listed to ensure they have not been cancelled or rescheduled.

These events are open to residents of Fairfax County, Clifton, Herndon, the Town of Vienna, and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church only. No businesses are allowed. All events feature four document shredding trucks and shredding is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Events begin at 7 a.m. and end at 11 a.m., unless all trucks are at full capacity. All participants must be in line by no later than 11 a.m. to ensure service.

There is a four (4) box limit, which is based on standard banker/copy box size (12.5” W x 15.5” L x 10.5” H). If you use plastic bags to bring your documents, please do not tie them. All boxes, plastic/paper bags, or other containers will be returned to you after emptying.

Due to traffic and safety concerns, you may not stay in the area to watch documents being shred. The contractor guarantees all documents will be shred on-site.

2022 Shredding Dates

The event schedules is subject to change. Please check this site for updates prior to coming to the event.

Event Procedures

  • Documents from businesses are not accepted.
  • Residents can bring up to four (4) medium sized boxes.
  • Shredding events start at 7 a.m.
  • All cars must be in line by 11 a.m., no exceptions.
  • Residents must wear masks when engaging with event staff.
  • Residents must remain in their vehicles.
  • Residents should open trunks or car doors from within the vehicle to allow staff access to their documents.
  • Event staff will remove boxes from cars and trucks and empty paper into rolling carts.
  • Boxes, bags, or bins will be returned to residents for reuse, recycling, or disposal.
  • Full carts are taken to the shredding truck and emptied into the truck for shredding. shredder.
  • All documents are cross-cut shred on-site, by a private contractor, on the day of the event.
  • All shredded paper is delivered to a local recycling facility for processing.
  • Written certification of shredding will not be provided.


  • Business documents
  • Binders of any kind (3-ring, plastic, spiral, metal)
  • Plastic document covers
  • Wet, damp, or moldy paper
  • Hanging file folders with metal support bars
  • Metal binder clips
  • Electronic media including computer disks, diskettes, or CDs
  • Books, either hardback or paperback
  • Credit cards
  • Magazines, catalogs, and newspapers
  • Film or photographs

Fairfax County will not shred documents for businesses – even if documents are delivered by an employee who is a county resident. These events are only for residents to destroy sensitive material they have from their home. If you require written certification of document destruction, it is recommended that you contract directly with a shredding service provider.

For additional information, please contact us at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.

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