Community organizations and the city of Marysville helped individuals do some spring cleaning as part of the annual Marysville Shred-a-Thon on May 18.

Locals can bring their personal documents, plastic foam (such as Styrofoam) and electronics to the event to be recycled.

"HomeStreet Bank and both of the Rotary clubs helped fund two trucks this year so we've been able to keep the lines small and steady," said Connie Mennie, communications administrator for the city of Marysville.

She said that the event was going well this year.

"The weather is so much better than last year," when it was frequently raining, she said.

The Shred-a-Thon provides a convenient place for people come to get rid of some of their private documents they don't want to leave in their trash.

"If they just stick it into the recycling it can be a little worrisome," she said.

The paper is shredded by the trucks at the event and then brought back to a plant to be recycled.

The event is popular with those who keep a lot of documents at home.

"I can tell you that our community thinks it's useful because we start getting calls in January asking when it is happening," said Mennie.

It also happens after tax season so many people usually have some documents they no longer need.

"They know every spring they have a chance to come out and get rid of this stuff without worrying about their personal information getting out," said Mennie.

The event is a collaboration between community organizations and the city.

"The event wouldn't happen without all the volunteers that are here. We have Sunrise Rotary, Marysville Getchell High School, Mountain View Arts and Technology tech repair lab. The city doesn't do it by themselves, we just host a place for it," said Mennie.

Craig Wells, the Marysville Sunrise Rotary's incoming treasurer and a volunteer at the event, said that helping other people is the right thing to do.

"Rotary is about service to others so we're always looking for things to do," he said.

"If every person does a little bit extra, think of the problems we would solve," he said.

Students from Marysville Getchell High School's football team also came out this year to volunteer.

"We had some football players and students from MGHS volunteering this year. They're big and strong and helping move stuff into the trucks, so that's been good," said Mennie.

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