Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative offices are open to the public by appointment only at this time. Please call or email 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. The permit office is open to the public with or without appointment 8 a.m. - 4:30 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

These residential collection events are open to Fairfax County and residents of the Clifton, Herndon, the Town of Vienna, and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. All events will feature four document shredding trucks and shredding will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The events begin at 7 a.m. and end at 11 a.m., or until all trucks reach capacity. All participants must be in line by no later than 11 a.m. to ensure service.

Shredding events for calendar year 2021 have concluded. Please check back here early next year for the 2022 shredding schedule.

2021 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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