HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Community Shred Day held at the Municipal Building's parking lot Saturday morning drew much larger numbers of people than were expected, according to sources.  Cars began lining up as early as 8:00 a.m. although the collection trucks were scheduled to arrive at 9:00 a.m.  Given the traffic situation, a half dozen Hawthorne Police officers needed to place barricades and direct traffic.

The event advertised a free recycling barrel with lid for the first 100 cars to arrive, which may have contributed to the heavy initial turn out.

Residents were permitted to bring either four banker boxes or four grocery bags of shreddable paper and, to protect the health of the staff and borough officials, wear masks while following social distancing protocols.

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Mayor Richard Goldberg was on hand along with Department of Public Works Administrator and Recycling Coordinator Maureen Cook, Inspections and Land Use Clerk Colleen Hansen, and Public Works Clerk Phyllis Wooldridge.  Sergeant Matt Nedswick, Officer Andrew Skae, and Officer Tonya Schneider were among the police on hand for the event.

A DPW member said that the truck had been filled before 10:00 a.m., something which had never happened before, and that the town had never experienced so many people participating at past shred days.

Judy Kopitar contributed to this report.

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