Free Shredding and Recycling Event Coming Up in Gaithersburg

A free community shredding and electronics recycling event will take place at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park on Saturday,  Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. according to Gaithersburg’s website.

The city partners with the Environmental Affairs Committee, which explores new environmental initiatives for the county, and Georgetown Paper & e-End for this event. The collection will take place in the parking lot at 506 S. Frederick Avenue.

At the shredding site, participants will be asked to pop their trunks and staff will remove boxes from participants’ vehicles. Items for shredding include all types of paper (receipts, tax, medical records, financial, and legal documents), paper with staples and paperclips, and envelopes with plastic windows. All the shredding will take place onsite.

Electronic Waste, E-waste, will be accepted in a designated truck. Drivers should approach the truck one at a time and participants will deposit their own E-waste. Items that will be accepted include CDs and computer disks, towers, laptops, circuit boards, tablets, mobile phones, toner, and cartridges.

The event will also accept nonperishable food to support the HELP pantry. Donated items can include canned soup, canned vegetables, canned tomatoes, cereal, fortified pasta, rice and dried beans of all kinds, and baby food. The pantry is also in need of baby formula and diapers. The HELP pantry is located at 301 Muddy Branch Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. To learn more visit,

For more information about the Community Shredding event and other environmental actions contact Environmental Services at 301-258-6370.

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