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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. Note: Due to current Shelter-In-Place orders, many events have been cancelled, postponed, or rescheduled. Please check below for the current list of events.

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 2020

CANCELLED – County Franchise Area Shred Event

Saturday, September 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
San Mateo County Youth Services Center, 222 Paul Scannell Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402 United States

This shred event has been cancelled.

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Burlingame Shred Only Recycling Event

Saturday, September 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Burlingame Caltrain – Parking Lot “O”, 1107 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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This event has a new date and is now a shred only event. For Burlingame residents ONLY. Located in the Caltrain parking lot "O." Free for Burlingame residents. On-site secure shredding and e-waste recycling. For Shred events: MAXIMUM 3 standard size banker boxes (10″x 12″x 15″) per household. Shred events last until the time listed or until the truck is full, whichever comes first.

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October 2020

CANCELLED – Foster City Compost Giveaway

Saturday, October 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
CA United States

This event has been cancelled. Foster City residents can pick up free compost year-round at Shoreway Environmental Center, located at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos. Simply go to the scale house (accessible via Gate 1) and show proof of residency.  Residents will be provided with up to two empty paper bags (approx. 3 cubic feet), which can be filled with the free compost. Residents need to be prepared to fill and load the bags themselves. More information here.

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Burlingame Compost Giveaway

Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Burlingame Parks Yard, 420 Carolan Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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Located at the Parks 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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CANCELLED – San Mateo Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event

Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Beresford Park, 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA 94403 United States
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This event has been cancelled. Residents can drop off electronic waste and other unwanted items at no cost year-round at the Shoreway Environmental Center’s Public Recycling Center (PRC), located at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos.  Visit for a full list of acceptable items.  The PRC is open Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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