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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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April 2020

CANCELLED – Belmont Compost Giveaway

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Twin Pines Park, 1 Twin Pines Lane
Belmont, CA 94002 United States
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This event has now been cancelled. Located in Twin Pines Park Parking Lot. For Belmont 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 – Belmont Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Belmont City Hall, 1 Twin Pines Lane
Belmont, CA 94002 United States
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This event has now been cancelled. Located in the Belmont City Hall parking lot. Free for Belmont 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. For E-Scrap, 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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RethinkWaste & Recology Earth Day Q&A Webinar

April 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! To celebrate, join RethinkWaste and Recology for a short presentation and Q&A session. About this Event Interested in diving into waste this Earth Day? Join RethinkWaste and Recology San Mateo County for a learning session that's fun for the whole family! We'll discuss what goes in what bin, what happens with the waste we generate, why it's important to reduce materials sent to the landfill, and what you can do to…

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May 2020

POSTPONED – San Mateo Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event

May 3 @ 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 is postponed until further notice. Located in the Beresford Park parking lot. Free for San Mateo 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. For E-Scrap, 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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June 2020

NEW DATE – Hillsborough Compost Giveaway

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hillsborough Town Hall, 1600 Floribunda Avenue
Hillsborough, CA 94010 United States
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Located in Hillsborough Town Hall parking lot. For Hillsborough 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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CANCELLED – North Fair Oaks Shred Event

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063 United States
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This event has been cancelled. Located at Fair Oaks Community Center. Free for North Fair Oaks residents. On-site secure shredding. 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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CANCELLED – Burlingame Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event

June 27 @ 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 been cancelled. 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. For E-Scrap, 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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Beyond Recycling: The Other “R’s” Webinar

June 30 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Looking for more ways to make a positive impact on our planet? Join RethinkWaste and Recology San Mateo County in an educational webinar, Beyond Recycling: The Other "R's". We'll focus on the other R's (refuse, reduce, reuse, repair), how to talk to your friends and family about waste reduction, and have quick a review on proper sorting. Bring any tough questions you might have!   This webinar will be hosted through Zoom on Tuesday June 30, 2020 at 1:30p.m. There…

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July 2020

Foster City Shred Event

July 22 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
North Parking Lot (Senior Wing) of Foster City Rec Center, 650 Shell Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404 United States
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PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE:  North parking lot (Senior Wing) of the Recreation Center  (the smaller north lot at 650 Shell Boulevard, Foster City). For Foster City residents ONLY. On-site secure shredding. 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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NEW DATE – Menlo Park Shred Event

July 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Menlo Park Corporation Yard, 333 Burgess Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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Located at the Menlo Park Corporation Yard. For Menlo Park residents ONLY. On-site secure shredding. 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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