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Earth Week Events 2021

Come and celebrate Earth Month virtually with us! For a schedule of events, visit our Earth Month page.

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 current pandemic. Check back here before events to ensure they are still happening.

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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November 2020

Rethink Recycling Day 2

November 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

This year, RethinkWaste is hosting its third annual Rethink Recycling Day (RRD) virtually with two full days of free workshops, tours, and networking. If you want to see where your waste goes, heal your sick houseplant, keep your food fresher for longer, or fix a broken appliance, join us on Saturday, November 7th and Saturday, November 14th for these no-cost offerings. Sign up for the workshops are required and information on how to sign-up and more information about Rethink Recycling Days here: rethinkwaste.org/rrd

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December 2020

RethinkWaste Holiday Show

December 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Need eco-friendly gift ideas? Or are you a master at waste-related trivia? Join us on Friday, December 11th at 5 p.m. PST for RethinkWaste’s Holiday Show! This virtual webinar will include an eco-friendly guide to gift giving and wrapping, our take on some classic holiday carols, and a chance to test your waste knowledge in a rousing game of trivia. Bring your holiday cheer and a snack if you wish, all ages are welcome! Registration is required. Please register here:…

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March 2021

Burlingame Compost Giveaway

Saturday, March 20, 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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April 2021

Plastics Documentary & Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

RethinkWaste is celebrating Earth Day with multiple virtual events throughout the month of April! This event features a virtual viewing party of the PBS Frontline documentary, Plastic Wars, followed by a Q&A discussion with a panel of experts in the field. Register for this event: http://bit.ly/PlasticDocRegistration Find more Earth Month events at: rethinkwaste.org/EarthMonth21

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Redwood City Shred Event

Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Redwood City Public Works, 1400 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063 United States
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Located in the Redwood City Public Works parking lot. For Redwood 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.

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Shoreway Virtual Tour 1

Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

RethinkWaste is celebrating Earth Day with multiple virtual events throughout the month of April! Hop on a virtual tour of RethinkWaste's Shoreway facility - no shoes, vests, or masks required! These special weekend tours will give an inside look at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Transfer Station, where your recycling, compost, and landfill materials go. Register for this 10:00 AM tour: http://bit.ly/10amTourRegistation Find more Earth Month events at: rethinkwaste.org/EarthMonth21

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Shoreway Virtual Tour 2

Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

RethinkWaste is celebrating Earth Day with multiple virtual events throughout the month of April! Hop on a virtual tour of RethinkWaste's Shoreway facility - no shoes, vests, or masks required! These special weekend tours will give an inside look at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Transfer Station, where your recycling, compost, and landfill materials go. Register for this 12:00 PM tour: http://bit.ly/12pmTourRegistration Find more Earth Month events at: rethinkwaste.org/EarthMonth21

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Sing-Along, Storytime, & Games for Kids

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

RethinkWaste is celebrating Earth Day with multiple virtual events throughout the month of April! Sing along to waste-themed tunes, listen to a story about the importance of protecting the environment, and play some special games! All elementary grade students (K-5) are welcome to attend. Register for this event: http://bit.ly/EarthDayKidsRegistration Find more Earth Month events at: rethinkwaste.org/EarthMonth21

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Bin Sorting How-To & Waste Trivia

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

RethinkWaste is celebrating Earth Day with multiple virtual events throughout the month of April! Recology San Mateo County and RethinkWaste will provide an overview of proper sorting of items that go into the recycling, compost, and garbage. Bring your specific sorting questions and test your knowledge in a round of waste-themed trivia. Register for this event: http://bit.ly/SortingRegistration Find more Earth Month events at: rethinkwaste.org/EarthMonth21

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Belmont Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event

Saturday, April 24, 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 and e-waste recycling. 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. 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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