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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 will be posted by January 2021.

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 – Foster City Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event

Saturday, September 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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 RethinkWaste.org/PRC 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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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”, 290 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." (Across from Stacks) For Burlingame residents ONLY. 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. You can take your electronic waste (TVs, computers, cell phones, etc...) to the Shoreway Public Recycling Center at 333 Shoreway…

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October 2020

CANCELLED – Foster City Compost Giveaway

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

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 RethinkWaste.org/PRC 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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Hillsborough Shred Only Recycling Event

Saturday, October 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hillsborough Town Hall, 1600 Floribunda Avenue
Hillsborough, CA 94010 United States
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This event will be in the Hillsborough Town Hall parking lot. For Hillsborough 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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Plastics Webinar

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Noticing more plastic in your life? Join us on Tuesday, October 27 at 4:30 p.m. for an informational webinar exploring all things plastic! We will discuss the history of plastic recycling and what is being done on the state and local level, and what you can do to curb your plastic use! Registration is required. Please register here: https://bit.ly/374qtH2  

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November 2020

Rethink Recycling Day 1

Saturday, November 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 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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Rethink Recycling Day 2

Saturday, 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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