Free Community Events
Free Compost for Residents at Shoreway
Residents in the RethinkWaste service area can now get free compost year-round at the Shoreway Environmental Center, 333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos.
Residents simply need to go to the scale house (accessible via Gate 1) and show proof of residency in the form of a utility bill or identification card to the attendant. Residents will then be provided with up to 2 3-cubic feet empty paper bags for the compost. They will then be directed to the Transfer Station to get the compost. Residents need to fill the bags themselves. Shovels are provided.
Limit 2 bags per visit. The free compost is for residents only, not for commercial use.
Download our Compost Giveaway Flyer with helpful tips on how to use the compost in your garden!
Compost Giveaway Community Events
Recology and RethinkWaste team up with its member communities to give away compost. The compost is made from yard trimmings and food scraps collected from residents and businesses through the CartSMART and BizSMART programs, and composted at nearby composting facilities. The compost is ideally used as an amendment to enrich soil for lawns, gardens, ornamental plants, trees, and potted plants. By applying compost to landscaping and mixing it with soil, people put organic resources into the soil, providing a non-chemical alternative to fertilizers.
Residents in participating communities may take compost at no charge at select locations as long as supplies last (amount varies by community.) Citizens bring shovels, gloves, containers, and proof of residency, and leave with rich compost for their gardens.
Click here for our Events Calendar for upcoming Compost Giveaway Events.
Free School Compost Giveaway Program
Public and private schools in the RethinkWaste service area can receive up to five 50-pound bags of compost for a school garden project, or up to 20 cubic yards for a landscaping project.
Download our School Compost Giveaway Flyer and Request Form for details.
Community Shred and E-Scrap Recycling Events
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the free Community Shred and Electronic Scrap (E-Scrap) events held annually by RethinkWaste and Recology San Mateo County on behalf of our participating Member Agencies.
Bring paper documents and confidential materials for safe and secure shredding done onsite. Proof of residency required. Limit 3 standard size bankers boxes (10"x12"x15") per household. Shred events last until the time listed or until the truck is full which ever comes first.
E-Scrap Recycling Events
Accepted items include: TVs, computers, printers, monitors, laptops, cables/cords, cell phones, MP3 and DVD players, and more (working or not).
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