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The City of Allentown proudly offers 2 types of Confidential Document Destruction


Document Drop Off

If you are not a City of Allentown resident or business, or you do not need to witness your documents being shredded, there is a confidential document drop off service available 6 days a week. This service is available at our Recycling Drop Off Center, located at 1400 Martin Luther King Jr Dr in Allentown.
Hours of drop off are Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 3:00pm, and Saturday 8:00am – 11:00am. Please find the site attendant who is working during these hours, and they will place your documents into a separate LOCKED container, to be shredded at a later time.

By Appointment Only

Appointments are available for City of Allentown residents and businesses who need to witness their documents being shredded. Limited appointment dates and times are available. During the "regular season" (April - November 16) events will run every Wednesday, with appointment times available from 9:00am - 11:00am.  During the "winter season (December - March) events will run the 3rd Wednesday of every month, with appointment times available from 9:00am - 12:00pm. A maximum of 8 banker-sized boxes of documents will be allowed per appointment. Appointments are held at the City Yard Waste Site, located at 1401 Oxford Dr in Allentown.

The following rules apply:

  1. Participant must unload their paper from their car and place onto the provided cart, which will be wheeled to the designated shredding area.
  2. Participant must be prompt on arrival for their scheduled time.

Please call our office at 610-437-8729 to schedule your appointment.

It is important to shred paper only! Staples are permitted, but larger items such as paper clips, binder clips, plastic folders, three ring binders, etc. are not allowed. Documents containing any of these banned items will be rejected.

Manilla folders, hanging folders, magazines, flyers, brochures and general documents are among those paper items that do not have to be shredded. Please place these items in your curbside recycling bin for collection.

Paper shredded at the city’s site is transported to Newman Paper Company in Philadelphia where it is recycled into paperboard and boxes.