Mobile Shredding Association Urges New Jersey Lawmakers to Remove Amendment

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Industry in uproar over Amendment in New Jersey Bill requiring NAID Certification of mobile hard drive shredders

November 2015 – The Mobile Shredding Association has been closely watching the progress of NAID’s efforts and New Jersey Legislation on the crafting of the Bill that will allow mobile hard drive shredders to operate without the cost prohibitive DEP permit. The original wording of the New Jersey Assembly Bill 4194 (Senate Bill 2978) was well intentioned and garnered support from the entire industry including the Mobile Shredding Association. The success of the Bill however, has been threatened with the last minute attachment of an Amendment perhaps unlawfully showing favoritism to the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). The problematic Amendment to the bill which has already passed in the NJ Senate and will be up for vote in the Assembly in a few days, reads; “…as long as the owner or operator of the mobile unit submits a certification to the department, in writing, that the mobile unit is certified by the National Association for Information Destruction.”

The current wording of the entire Bill as of November 24, 2015 may be found here;

The legislative process for the Bill to become law is nearing completion and the Mobile Shredding Association is concerned that the Bill could actually become law with the proposed Amendment attached to it. “Our office is fielding many calls from mobile shredding businesses in New Jersey expressing their concern over the troublesome amendment” explains Trace Hartridge, Executive Director of MSA. “Everyone we hear from is in favor of the original wording of the Bill but vehemently opposes the Amendment that has found its way into the Bill at the last minute.” One MSA members writes, “The political position of the Red Tape Commission is to eliminate red tape by removing the permit restriction. BUT NOW what they’ve done is created another restriction by anointing NAID Certification as the governing body within the law.” Another member writes, “NAID was trying to take a very restrictive situation, (no mobile hard drive shredding) and make it another restrictive situation (NAID certified only).” Other members optimistically sound off that the Bill will never become law for the same reason the Veterans Administration had to remove the NAID certification requirement; "it simply is unlawful."

Over the past few months, The Mobile Shredding Association has written letters opposing the amendment to the Bill sponsors, NJ Senate & Assembly Members, the Governor’s office and the Executive Director of NAID. Many mobile shredding operators in New Jersey are doing the same as they become aware of the amendment. MSA and concerned businesses maintain that an endorsement of an industry association within the wording of a NJ law is inappropriate and should be removed. Rather than unfairly showing favoritism to one particular association, MSA maintains that more neutral wording promoting fair trade should be utilized such as, “This bill would authorize a commercial company that crushes, shreds, or otherwise physically destroys electronic storage devices, for the purpose of destroying the data contained in the device, to operate without a recycling permit from the Department of Environmental Protection.”

Trace Hartridge, Executive Director
Phone 912-217-5911

John Miller, President


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