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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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April 2021

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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June 2021

Hillsborough Shred & E-Scrap Recycling Event

Saturday, June 5, 2021 @ 9:00 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 and e-waste recycling. 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. 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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Hillsborough Compost Giveaway

Saturday, June 5, 2021 @ 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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Foster City Shred Event – FULL

Saturday, June 12, 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. Please schedule your appointment here. UPDATED: May 24: Appointments are fully booked at this time. The next Shred Event In Foster City is September 18 and appointments are also required. You may use the same link to make your appointment.  Located in the Foster City - City Hall parking lot. Appointments and IDs will checked. 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…

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Burlingame Shred Event

Saturday, June 26, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Burlingame Caltrain – Parking Lot “O”, 290 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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Located in Burlingame Caltrain Parking Lot "O." For Burlingame 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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Prepping for Plastic Free July Webinar

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Plastic Free July is around the corner and RethinkWaste is hosting a virtual community discussion on exploring a low-waste lifestyle. If you’re looking for ways to decrease your waste or even just looking to chat with your community members about environmental issues, join us! Register for this event: https://bit.ly/3goJG9s  

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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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