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Community Shred & 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.

The list of 2022 events is now available under “Calendar of Events”. Please note that the dates and times are subject to change due to the pandemic. Check back here and on your city website before events to ensure they are still happening. Events may require pre-registration to attend.

Shred Events

Bring paper documents and confidential materials for safe and secure shredding done onsite.

Proof of residency in the City hosting the event is 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).


Compost Giveaway Events

Recology and RethinkWaste team up with its member communities to annually give away compost made from yard trimmings and food scraps collected from residents and businesses in the service area. It’s a great soil amendment to enriching your plants and gardens.  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. Can’t make it to an event? No worries, as we provide compost for free to residents year-round at our Shoreway Environmental Center. Learn more about the compost giveaway for residents, schools, and community groups here.

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September 2022

Redwood City Compost Giveaway

Saturday, September 17, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Redwood City Public Works, 1400 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063 United States
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Located at the Public Works Parking Lot. For Redwood City residents only and not for commercial use.  Residents may take compost at no charge as long as supplies last. Residents bring shovels, gloves, containers, and proof of residency and leave with rich compost for their gardens!

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Foster City Shred Only Event

Saturday, September 17, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Foster City, City Hall Parking Lot, 610 Foster City Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404 United States
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Located in the Foster City – City Hall parking lot. For Foster City residents ONLY. On-site secure shredding. MAXIMUM 3 standard size banker boxes (10″x 12″x 15″) per household. Shred event lasts until the time listed or until the truck is full, whichever comes first. This is a SHRED ONLY event: Electronic waste recycling is available at the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos year-round. Visit the Shoreway Public Recycling Center webpage for details on how to drop off e-waste items for free.…

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October 2022

Foster City Compost Giveaway

Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Boat Park, 1001 Bounty Drive
Foster City, CA 94404 United States
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Located at the corner of Foster City Boulevard & Bounty Drive. For Foster City residents only and not for commercial use.  Residents may take compost at no charge as long as supplies last. Residents bring shovels, gloves, containers, and proof of residency and leave with rich compost for their gardens!

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Burlingame Compost Giveaway

Saturday, October 15, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Burlingame Parks Yard, 420 Carolan Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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Located at the Burlingame Parks Yard near the grandstands. For Burlingame residents only and not for commercial use. Residents may take compost at no charge as long as supplies last. Residents bring shovels, gloves, containers, and proof of residency and leave with rich compost for their gardens!

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City of San Mateo Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event

Saturday, October 15, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Beresford Park, 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA 94403 United States
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Located in the Beresford Park parking lot. On-site secure shredding and e-waste recycling. For City of San Mateo residents ONLY. For Shred events: MAXIMUM 3 standard size banker boxes (10″x 12″x 15″) per household. Shred event lasts until the time listed or until the truck is full, whichever comes first. For E-Scrap, accepted items include: TVs, computers, printers, monitors, laptops, cables/cords, cell phones, MP3 and DVD players, and more (working or not). Unacceptable Items: household appliances like fans, floor heaters, smoke detectors, vacuum…

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