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Marysville holds annual Shred-A-Thon


Christopher Andersson

Volunteer Erica Steele helps empty documents which will be shredded and recycled as part of the annual Shred-A-Thon in Marysville on April 28.

Marysville residents stopped by downtown on April 28 to shred and recycle their documents as part of the city's annual Shred-A-Thon.

The event, put on by the City of Marysville and various community groups, brings in two shredding trucks which provide a free recycling service to locals.

"We're doing our annual Shred-A-Thon event where we collect up to six file size boxes of shred-able paper from our residents and community members," said Leah Tocco, executive services coordinator with the City of Marysville.

After taxes are filed is a good time to get rid of personal documents that people do not want to get into the wrong hands.

"This is a really great benefit for our residents and community members. It always starts right around tax season so you can get to spring cleaning and purging of documents in a secure manner," said Tocco.

The shredding trucks help prevent fraud that some community members are increasingly worried about.

"People are really concerned at this time about confidentiality and identity theft, and by being able to offer a free opportunity is a great service," said Tocco.

The shredding trucks are sponsored by HomeStreet Bank, which provides the trucks and volunteers each year as part of the event.

"We recognize the importance of confidential information. We just want to make sure that people have the opportunity to dispose of their information as we deal with fraud on a daily basis," said Kirstin Tyner, branch manager of the Marysville HomeStreet Bank.

Marysville Arts and Technology High School also accepts computer and tablets for donation during the event, which are given to their Computer Repair Lab.

"It's a great opportunity to get rid of some of the electronics you have lying around the house," said Tocco.

The Marysville Sunrise Rotary also collects plastic foam (such as Styrofoam) to recycle at a later date at the event.

Christopher Andersson

Kirstin Tyner, branch manager for the Marysville HomeStreet Bank and volunteer, empties a box of documents to be recycled at the annual Shred-A-Thon in Marysville on April 28.

"It is kind of hard to find a place for it, most people just throw it in the trash," said Dave Trader, from the Marysville Sunrise Rotary.

"This event is to give people an opportunity to recycle it so it doesn't go to a landfill, where it doesn't degrade," he said.

Trader said he brings his own plastic foam to recycle at the event.

"We've had a lot of people that say 'thank you for doing this' because they just have it stored up in their garage," he said.

The Shred-A-Thon is typically filled with cars in the early morning. "We get a parking lot that is overflowing at 9 a.m. and then afterwards the cars trickle in," said Tocco.

She said people considering coming next year should consider not coming right at 9 a.m. when the event starts.

"I do recommend to people that if they're coming in the future, maybe stagger themselves throughout the event," she said.


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