Document Shredding

Document Shredding Title

The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program will be sponsoring one secure document shredding event in each supervisory district per calendar year.  These events are only open to Fairfax County residents along with residents of the Towns of Vienna, Herndon and Clifton and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.  Documents from businesses will not be accepted.

Please Note: The March 25th shredding event starts at 8 a.m. and concludes at 11 a.m. All cars must be in line by 10:45 a.m. This event is managed by Northern Virginia Community College, NBC4, and Shred-It.

2017 Shredding Dates

Date Location Address
March 25, 2017 NBC4 Community Shred at NOVA Annandale 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale 22003
April 8, 2017 North County Human Services 1850 Cameron Glen Drive Reston 20190
April 22, 2017 Springfield Government Center 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152
May 13, 2017 Mason District Government Center 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale 22003
June 24, 2017 Kilmer Middle School 8100 Wolftrap Road , Vienna 22182
July 22, 2017 Westfield High School 4700 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly 20151
Aug. 19, 2017 Springhill Elementary 8201 Lewinsville Road, McLean 22102
Sept. 23, 2017 I-95 Complex 9850 Furnace Road, Lorton 22079
Oct. 14, 2017 South County Government Center 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria 22309


  • Residential material of a sensitive nature such as tax documents, financial records, etc.  (Please recycle junk mail and magazines through your normal collection service.) 
  • Up to four medium-sized packing boxes per vehicle.

Prohibited Items:

  • BINDERS of any type (3-ring, plastic, spiral, metal)
  • Plastic document covers
  • Wet or moist paper
  • Hanging file folders with metal support bars
  • Metal binder clips
  • Electronic media including computer disks and diskettes or CDs
  • Books, either hardback or paperback
  • Credit cards
  • Magazines, catalogs and newspapers (unless just the page with the address)
  • 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 individually with a shredding service provider.

Procedures for the Event

Please Note: Shredding events start at 8 a.m. and conclude at 12 p.m.  All cars must be in line by 12 p.m.  These are drive-through events and residents will be asked to remain in their vehicles. For everyone’s safety, you will not be able to stand by and watch your paper being shredded.

  • County staff remove boxes from cars and trucks and empty paper into rolling carts.
  • Once full, the carts are taken to the shredding truck where they are emptied into a shredder.
  • All documents are cross-cut shred on-site, by a private contractor, on the day of the event.
  • Following the event, all paper is delivered to a local recycling facility for processing.
  • Written certification of shredding will not be provided.

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

See Also:
Document Shredding Event Video
A-Z List of Recycling and Trash Topics
Materials for Recycling or Disposal

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