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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 2021 events are below. Please note that the dates and times are subject to change due to the pandemic. Check back here before events to ensure they are still happening and/or events may require pre-registration sign up.

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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October 2021

San Mateo Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event

Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 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…

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Burlingame Compost Giveaway

Saturday, October 16, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Burlingame Parks Yard, 420 Carolan Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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Located at the Park Yard near the grandstands. For Burlingame residents only and not for commercial use. Residents should bring shovels, gloves, and containers. Proof of residency will be required. Please note that the event will only be available until the time listed or while supplies last.

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Belmont Shred ONLY Event

Saturday, October 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Belmont City Hall, 1 Twin Pines Lane
Belmont, CA 94002 United States
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Located in the Belmont City Hall parking lot. On-site secure shredding. For Belmont 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.  

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November 2021

County Franchise Area Shred Only Event

Saturday, November 6, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fair Oaks Library Parking Lot, 2500 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA United States
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Located in the Fair Oaks Library parking lot. For residents in the County Franchise Area ONLY. County Franchise Area includes the following communities: Burlingame Hills, San Mateo Highlands and Baywood Park (Crystal Springs area), Harbor Industrial, Devonshire Canyon, Palomar Park, Oak Knoll, Kensington Square, Emerald Lake Hills, Sequoia Tract, Trailer Rancho, and North Fair Oaks. 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…

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