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Free shredding event returns May 4

Free shredding event returns May 4

Identity theft is a continuing problem, and the City of Lakewood and EDCO Waste Services are teaming up again to help with the biannual Lakewood Shreds event.

On Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot behind the Iacoboni Library, Lakewood residents can take advantage of easy drive-through shredding and recycling services, as well as pick up some freebies (while they last).

Residents will enter the parking lot behind Iacoboni Library off of Civic Center Way and drive through to access these services:

• Shredding: Bring up to three bankers-style boxes (or large trash bags) of sensitive documents such as bank statements and tax records for free shredding on site. No CDs, DVDs, diskettes or other media.

• Battery disposal: Bring used household batteries (no car batteries).

• E-waste disposal:  Bring TVs, monitors, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, fax machines, microwaves and cell phones for environmentally safe disposal.

• Mulch: Bring bags or containers to get up to two 30-lb bags of free mulch. As a courtesy, Lakewood employees will shovel the mulch.

 Freebies: Giveaways include a kitchen recycle basket, motor oil recycling kit, and one free Shop Lakewood…Stay Lakewood Loyal bag per car.

Please do NOT bring these items to the event, as they are hazardous waste:

• No lightbulbs of any sort
• No household toxics like paint, insecticides, chemicals
• No expired medications or sharps

Hazardous waste and e-waste are accepted on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at EDCO’s large transfer facility located at 2755 California Avenue in Signal Hill.

This event is for Lakewood residents only. The line will close promptly at noon. Be prepared to show proof of residency, with either a driver’s license or utility bill. For more information, please call 562-866-9771, extension 2140.