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Community Events

Rethink Recycling Days

RethinkWaste is hosting its fourth annual Rethink Recycling Day (RRD) virtually with multiple events to celebrate waste reduction!

For more information on workshops and how to register, visit our Rethink Recycling Day 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 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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July 2021

Hillsborough Shred Event

Saturday, July 10, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hillsborough Town Hall, 1600 Floribunda Avenue
Hillsborough, CA 94010 United States
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Located in the Hillsborough Town Hall parking lot. On-site secure shredding. For Hillsborough 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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Hillsborough Compost Giveaway

Saturday, July 10, 2021 @ 10:30 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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San Carlos Shred Event

Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
San Carlos Corporation Yard, 1000 Bransten Road
San Carlos, CA 94070 United States
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Located at the San Carlos Corp Yard For San Carlos 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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Foster City E-Scrap Recycling Event

Saturday, July 24, 2021 @ 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. E-Scrap recycling 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 cleaners, cooktops, dishwashers, microwaves, ovens, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, or any household hazardous waste.

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August 2021

Menlo Park Shred Only Event

Saturday, August 7, 2021 @ 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 City of Menlo Park Corp Yard. For Menlo Park residents ONLY. Proof of residency is required. Residents must bring a utility bill or driver's license with Menlo Park address, and businesses will need to provide a Menlo Park business license or business card. 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 EVENT…

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CANCELLED – San Mateo Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event

Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 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.    

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September 2021

Foster City Shred Only Event – By Appointment Only

Saturday, September 18, 2021 @ 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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By appointment ONLY. Appointments currently FULLY BOOKED. Please check here for possible openings. Appointments and IDs will checked. 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 EVENT ONLY. Electronic waste recycling is available at the Shoreway Environmental Center in San…

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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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