Several local organizations and the city of Marysville will again team up to help residents recycle personal documents and other material at the annual Shred-a-Thon.
This year’s Shred-a-Thon will be held on May 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. at Marysville City Hall at 1049 State Ave.
Locals can bring up to six standard file-size boxes for shredding.
Marysville Sunrise Rotary will accept plastic foam (such as polystyrene) and bubble wrap for recycling and Marysville Legacy High School will accept donations of old computers and electronics.
They cannot accept printers, broken flat screen monitors or CRT monitors.
“The Shred-a-Thon is one of our most popular events,” said Connie Mennie, communications administrator with the city of Marysville.
Many organizations come together to make the event possible.
“The city hosts the event on its property but this wouldn’t take place without the partnerships of organizations in the city,” said Mennie.
In addition to the Rotary and Marysville Legacy High School, HomeStreet Bank also pays for the shredding trucks and typically brings volunteers.
The Marysville Volunteer Patrol also help with traffic management, said Mennie.
Many locals like to come to help clean up their homes, she said.
“It lets you get rid of your excess paper and documents,” said Mennie. “It gives you a place that is much safer and secure. That’s a real deterrent to identity theft.”
With people home so much this year she expects there may be a lot to dispose of.
“People who call always say they’ve saved up their stuff all year for this event,” she said.
Documents, as well as electronics and plastic foam that are brought to the event, are recycled.
“All of the stuff that is collected for recycling will prevent a lot of that from going to a landfill,” said Mennie.
The event is taking safety precautions because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re having some of the same COVID precautions that we did last year,” said Mennie, who added individuals should stay in the car as much as possible and wear a mask when it is your turn.
The Shred-a-Thon was one of the only annual events that was able to be held last year, in part thanks to the fact that it was already a drive-thru format.
“We don’t have a bunch of people all in one space together,” said Mennie. “Most people are waiting in line in their car for the event."
Because the event is popular, Mennie doesn’t recommend coming right when the event starts at 9 a.m., as they have had traffic back up onto State Avenue before and cause traffic and safety issues.
She said the car line is usually moving quicker around 9:15 p.m.
“All of it is free, but people can bring a donation for the Marysville Community Food Bank,” said Mennie.
She encouraged donated online, if possible, at marysvillefoodbank.org to reduce contact.