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Free Document Shredding

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To help Palm Desert residents and businesses dispose of sensitive documents such as tax records, bank statements, and legal documents safely and securely, the City of Palm Desert and Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services offer two free document shredding events per year. Acceptable items include stapled and bound office and/or glossy paper, file folders, envelopes, and paper clips. Binders and notebooks will not be accepted. Events are held in the parking lot of Palm Desert City Hall located at 73-510 Fred Waring Drive. No appointment is necessary. Residents and businesses are limited to 10 boxes per day.


  •  **** Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2 event is canceled due to the COVID-19 public health emergency****
  • Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Shredding ends at 11:30 a.m. each day or when the truck is full, whichever occurs first. 

Please call the Public Works Department for additional information at (760) 776-6450 or email