Paper Shredding Event

2020 Paper Shredding Event 

***This event has been canceled due to COVID-19. For a complete listing of alerts, postponements and cancellations, visit our COVID-19 portal.***


The Town of Wake Forest is offering area residents and businesses the opportunity to protect themselves and dispose of confidential documents in an environmentally responsible way by hosting a free paper shredding event on Monday, April 20. 

The "drive-through" event will take place rain or shine from noon to 6 p.m. - or until the paper shredding trucks are full - in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Residents drive up to the shredding point and volunteers and staff will help them unload and shred. 

Please note: The paper will be shredded onsite.

The shredded paper will be recycled, so every effort is being made to reduce contamination.

Volunteers are needed

Register to volunteer


  • There is a limit of four "banker-box" sized boxes or four large bags (for example, 13-gallon trash bag) of paper per household or business

  • One trip per household

  • Remove all non-paper materials in advance, such as plastic binders, plastic folders and metal tabs.

  • Items that can damage the equipment will not be accepted, such as wet or moist paper, hanging file folders, books (hardback or paperback), credit cards, photographs, film, DVD's and other metals (other than staples or paper clips), boxes, batteries, computer disks or other electronic media.

Junk Mail

Junk mail does not need to be shredded.

Please recycle junk mail in your Town of Wake Forest-issued recycling cart. 

Know Before You Go

  • Four shred-it trucks will be onsite to accommodate area residents. Three will be provided at the outset and one will be kept in reserve to replace the first truck that gets full. Once all four trucks are full, the paper shredding event will be over.

  • A drive-thru system will be implemented in the Renaissance Centre parking lot to help ensure a smooth drop-off experience. Participants will be directed to enter the parking lot via Elm Avenue and exit via South Brooks Street.

  • Volunteers and staff will be available to assist residents dropping off boxes and bags of paper. 

  • The event may end early due to truck capacity, weather, or any other unforeseen event.
Paper Shredding Event
Communications & Public Affairs Director