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Free shredding event returns April 28

Cars drive through line to get items shredded 

The City of Lakewood and EDCO Disposal are teaming up again to help battle identity theft. 

On Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, “Lakewood Shreds!” returns with free, professional shredding to help deal with the proliferation of sensitive documents that comes with tax season. The free shredding event also has “green” features like a mulch giveaway and e-waste drop off.

See the Lakewood CityTV video about the event at www.lakewoodcity.org/ShredsVideo.

Residents are invited to the Lakewood Civic Center to safely dispose of documents containing personal information like old bank statements and tax records. 

The drive-through drop-off location will be behind the Iacoboni Library. (Enter from Civic Center Way off of Del Amo Boulevard or Candlewood Street. The exit for the event will be the driveway to Clark Avenue.)

Lakewood residents can dispose of:
• up to three “bankers"-sized boxes of documents, which will be safely and securely shredded on-site by a professional shredding company;
• household batteries;
• electronic waste, such as TVs, computers, keyboards, printers and cell phones. 

No CDs, DVDs, diskettes or other media will be accepted for shredding. Hazardous waste such as light bulbs, paint and household chemicals will not be accepted, but may be taken to EDCO’s Signal Hill facility on the second and fourth Saturday of each month for safe disposal.

Residents interested in free mulch can bring their own bags or containers to get up to two 30-lb. bags, while supplies last. As a courtesy, Lakewood employees will shovel the mulch.

A number of “green” freebies will be distributed, including an oil recycling kit, a battery recycling container, and each participating vehicle will receive a free, sturdy Shop Lakewood…Stay Lakewood Loyal bag, while supplies last.

This event is for Lakewood residents only. Be prepared to show proof of Lakewood residency, either with a driver’s license or utility bill. For more information, please call EDCO at 562-531-3054 or Lakewood City Hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2140.