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Volunteer Erica Steele helps during last year's Shred-A-Thon in Marysville.

 

Marysville locals will be able to get rid of their personal documents, old electronics and plastic foam (such as Styrofoam) at the annual Shred-A-Thon on May 18.

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

The event provides a free location to get rid of personal documents and residents can bring up to six standard-size file boxes for shredding.

Two shred trucks will be at the event to dispose of the paper and recycle it.

“This is a great thing we do for the community members here,” said Leah Tocco, Marysville’s executive services coordinator and one of the organizers of the event.

“Identity theft is definitely a concern for a lot of our residents,” said Tocco.

She said that people appreciate the security of being able to get rid of their documents with the professional shredding trucks.

“I think people like the event because it is a good time to clean out all of your personal documents you don’t need anymore,” she said.

The event happens right after tax season as well, to provide a time when people might want to clean out some of their personal papers.

“This is a safe and secure place to dispose of your documents,” said Tocco.

The event is a partnership between the city of Marysville, HomeStreet Bank, the Marysville Sunrise and Noon Rotary clubs and the Marysville School District.

Marysville Rotary clubs will help get rid of plastic foam products (such as Styrofoam) to be recycled.

“You can’t just put those in your recycling like you can with other products,” said Tocco, so it’s good to have a convenient place to drop them off.

Marysville Mountain View Arts and Technology High School also accepts donations of old computers or electronic devices, such as computer towers, laptops, e-readers, tablets, cell phones, digital cameras and gaming consoles.

They cannot accept printers, broken flat-screen monitors and CRT monitors.

Donated electronic items go to the school’s Technology Repair lab which recycles and repairs various electronic items and donates them to groups around the country and around the world.

The event is free, although donations are accepted for the Marysville Community Food Bank.

Tocco said that many people come to the event each year.

“This is a very popular event with Marysville residents and we start getting calls for it at the beginning of the year,” she said.

She recommends that people not come early and avoid getting there right at the start time as well, as that is typically the busiest time for the event.

“After that initial push we generally get a steady stream of cars throughout the rest of the event and can move people through the line faster,” said Tocco.

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