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Shred-A-Thon returns to Marysville


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HomeStreet Bank employee and Shred-A-Thon volunteer Aloe Martinez puts some documents into a bin during last year's Shred-A-Thon.

The Marysville community's annual Shred-A-Thon will return on April 22, giving local residents a free opportunity to dispose of their unwanted paper and other items.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Marysville City Hall at 1049 State Ave., Marysville.

The Shred-A-Thon allows locals to shred their unwanted documents, get rid of clean styrofoam and recycle old or unused electronics.

The event is put on by the City of Marysville which partners with a number of local organizations and businesses.

"It's a great opportunity to start that spring cleaning and get a lot of it done in one go," said Connie Mennie, communications officers with the City of Marysville.

Mennie said the event will be the same as it has been in previous years.

HomeStreet Bank sponsors trucks that come to the community and provide a safe, convenient way to get rid of paper and documents.

The Shred-A-Thon helps prevent any personal information from getting out as the paper is shredded and recycled.

"A lot of people find comfort in not putting all that information out in their trash where anyone can get it," said Mennie.

"Identity theft is in the news all the time, and it does happen and it is scary," she said.

Local residents can bring up to six boxes full of paper to be shredded at the event.

"This is intended for residents, not businesses, to dispose of some of their personal documents," said Mennie.

Also at the Shred-A-Thon, the Marysville Sunrise Rotary Club also collects plastic foam (such as Styrofoam) that they will take to a recycling center that can handle the material.

Rotary members hope to provide a convenient place to drop off plastic foam as the material takes a long time to decompose in garbage dumps.

The Marysville Arts and Technology High School computer repair lab also collects electronic devices such as computers, laptops, flatscreen monitors, cell phones, tablets, e-readers and digital cameras.

"They're taking a variety of electronic equipment you may not be using anymore," said Mennie.

The local high school repair lab takes in the equipment to repair and often donates it to schools in impoverished areas or third-world countries.

The event is free. A canned food donation to the Marysville Community Food Bank is encouraged though, and representatives from the food bank will be collecting at the event.

The Shred-A-Thon happens at Marysville City Hall and sometimes a line of cars can form around the building.

"What has surprised me, as someone who has returned to this city, is really how excited people get over this event. We've had people calling in for the last six weeks asking 'when's the Shred-a-Thon," said Mennie.

More information about the Marysville Shred-A-Thon is available at the City of Marysville's website at


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