Confidential Document Shredding, Paint Collection Event Is Saturday, May 14!

Confidential Document Shredding, Paint Collection Event Is Saturday, May 14!

  • Editor’s Note: This recycling article was written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Clair Ryan. Got a question or idea for a recycling tip? Contact Clair at 630-208-3841 or

Kane County’s Recycling Program is hosting a free confidential document shredding event between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Kane County Branch Court office, 540 S. Randall Road in St. Charles.

  • Where: 540 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174, just north of IL Route 38 and south of IL Route 64 across from the Kane County Fairgrounds.
  • When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, 2022. Shredding will end early if the trucks are completely filled. Event is rain or shine but will close in the event of hazardous conditions.
  • What: This is an event to shred residents’ confidential documents and to collect latex paint and aerosol items for proper disposal. We are not recycling any other items at this event. There will be two more shredding events scheduled this year in August and October. Look online for the full schedule of 2022 events.
  • Paint and Aerosol fees: There is a per-item fee to recycle latex paint and aerosol items and other canisters. Cash and cards accepted. See details below. There is no fee to shred.

Event Guidelines

  • Please do not arrive before 8 a.m.
  • Please follow all event signs and event personnel instructions.
  • Please do not leave your vehicle.
  • There is no event entry or egress via Prairie Street or the adjacent business parking lots.
  • Traffic leaving the event will only be allowed to turn right (northbound) onto Randall Road.

Shredding Guidelines


  • Shredding is offered for household documents bearing confidential information. This is not a business service.
  • Shredding is offered to Kane County residents only – proof of residency required.
  • Quantity is limited to four banker boxes (12 inches by 16 inches by 10 inches) or equivalent per household or vehicle.
  • Only bring documents that contain confidential information. Pieces of confidential information include social security numbers, driver’s license or passport numbers, bank account and credit card numbers (the whole number, not just the final digits), and medical records. Addresses and phone numbers by themselves are not confidential.
  • Please do not bring periodicals, magazines, junk mail, cash register receipts, or other papers that do not contain confidential information. Staff and volunteers may turn away loads that are mostly or entirely non-confidential.
  • Remove all large metal or plastic pieces from confidential documents and folders. These include three ring binders, binder clips, metal folder hangers, plastic report covers or sleeves, and any laminated paper. Regular paperclips, staples, spiral binding and envelope windows are okay. Staff and volunteers may turn away loads that are heavily contaminated with metal or plastic.
  • Please do not bring credit cards or ID cards. While these are confidential, the trucks are for paper only. These items should be cut up by hand and disposed of in household trash.
  • Please do not bring paper that is already shredded. It can be taken to our Batavia or Aurora Recycling Centers in sealed paper bags. (See our Centers page for more information.)
  • Attendees must stay in their vehicles throughout. We will unload for you.
  • Once unloaded, volunteers will return empty boxes, bags, etc. to your vehicle.
  • Attendees wishing to watch their document load be shredded may not obstruct the line and must pull out of line to a safe location.
  • There are three trucks scheduled that each hold 12,000 pounds of paper. Once the trucks are full, shredding will end for the day.

See more detail:

Paint and Aerosol Items

  • Liquid latex paint and primer are accepted. Please do not bring oil-based paint or dried out latex paint. Oil-based paint must be disposed of as a household hazardous waste. Dried out latex paint can go in the trash. Empty paint cans can be recycled curbside.
  • Please do not mix cans of different colored paint together as it impedes recycling.
  • Costs for recycling latex paint: $1 per quart, $3 per gallon, $5 per 2 gallon, $15 per 5 gallon bucket.
  • Most aerosols are accepted, empty or with residual material. See Flat Can Recycling for exceptions.
  • Propane tanks and isobutene canisters under 16 ounces are also accepted.
  • Costs for aerosols and canisters: Aerosols and isobutene containers are $1 each to recycle. Propane tanks are $3 each.
  • Cash and cards are accepted for fees. Correct change is appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you!

May 14 Shred Event Map

Site Entry

There is one entry point for the event. It is the driveway immediately south of the Circuit Clerk’s building.

Kane County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will direct traffic into the site from both the north and southbound directions.

Note that OEM will need to close the left turn lane to southbound traffic if lines to enter become too long. If this happens, southbound event traffic will need to drive by and turn around to approach traveling north.

Site Exit

There are two exits for the event, both the north and south driveways. If you only have paint and nothing for shredding, please leave the line through the north exit after dropping off. Attendees who have documents shredded will be directed to turn either left or right to the north or south exits.

For the event, traffic leaving the event will only be able to turn right (northbound) onto Randall Road.

If you need to travel south, take a left turn on Main Street (IL Route. 64), a slight left on Campton Hills Road, a left on Peck Road, a left on Lincoln Highway (IL Route 38), and finally a right onto Randall Road.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

We ask that event patrons NOT to cut through the adjacent business parking lot south of the event space to get to the traffic light at Prairie and Randall. This causes problems for these small businesses and their patrons and puts the continuation of our events in jeopardy.


Volunteers will dump your boxes of confidential documents into hoppers with other attendees’ documents. When the hoppers are full, the lifts will be activated and each hopper load dumped into the shredder where documents are shredded into confetti sized pieces.

You may not stay in place to watch your documents be shredded. If you need to see the hopper containing your material be lifted, please pull off into the marked observation zones.

Pit Stop

The portable toilet is provided for use by event volunteers and patrons. We ask that if drivers in line for shredding allow any cars that have pulled off over use the Pit Stop back into line.