The free Shred-It event takes place on Saturday

Manteca’s popular free Shred-It event returns on Saturday, April 22.

This is part of a community cleanup event with the ability to drop off added mattresses. Tires for electronic waste and passenger cars

The April 23 event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Solid Waste Division at 210 East Wetmore Street, off South Main. The line will be cut at noon. Anyone entering the line after the “last car” designated by the City of Manteca will not be permitted to drop off items.

The event is reserved for residents of the city of Manteca. No company can participate. Proof of residency is required. This can be a copy of a municipal utility bill or a driver’s license.

Personal documents deposited in boxes or plastic bags will be accepted for shredding.

Electronic waste such as monitors, computers, printers, televisions, etc. are also accepted.

You can also drop up to nine passenger car tires to eliminate them.

Mattresses will be accepted this year. Items not eligible for recycling are waterbeds, futons or folding sofas, air mattresses, mattress toppers, soiled/cut/wet/or damaged mattresses and anything infested with bedbugs.

Up to nine passenger tires can be removed.

Personal Identity Theft

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This will be the 35th time for the Manteca free event. There are no other municipalities in Northern California that offer the free service, although there are several that charge $5 per box.

The initiative was started 19 years ago as a crime prevention measure by the Manteca Police Department in conjunction with the Solid Waste Division.

Detectives noted that a growing number of identity theft cases involved suspects who purchased bin bags containing pillory information gleaned from blue recycling carts intended for collection. Documents such as canceled checks, billing statements, old tax forms, and even magazine labels and other mail simply containing a name and address were used to steal identities.

Paperwork stolen from blue carts still plays a significant role in identity theft today, as does mail theft despite the shift to paperless documents. Police noted that criminals often pay $25 for a bag of this material to make household and business documents that are a potential source of money for unscrupulous drug addicts and homeless people rummaging through carts and dumpsters. to garbage.

Once carts with recyclables are placed on the street for collection, they belong to the city and stealing items is a crime. However, it is an extremely difficult law to enforce, which is why the police organized the free shredding event. The first was held at a national night in conjunction with the Manteca Chamber of Commerce Farmer’s Market in Library Park.

Other recycling opportunities

offered by the city of Manteca

The city offers other free recycling services.

*Electronic waste such as televisions, computers, printers, microwaves, telephones and the like can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Solid Waste Division office on Wetmore Street in front of the water tower.

*Medical sharps as well as used batteries such as A, AA, AAA, C and D are also accepted at the Solid Waste Division office on Wetmore Street Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Used bulbs can be brought to the Manteca Home Depot store.

As for medications that you no longer want or have expired, if you are unable to bring them to the drop box in the lobby of the police department, there is another safe way to dispose of them.

Take a plastic zipper bag, empty the pills into the bag, pour in some milk or kitty litter, then mash the contents until it turns into a paste.

The zipper bag of paste can then be thrown in the trash.

It is illegal to flush prescriptions and over-the-counter medications down the toilet or simply toss them in the trash.

The costs of hosting Shred It events are covered by solid waste fees paid monthly by residents and businesses.

If you have any questions, contact the Solid Waste Division at (209) 456-8440).

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email [email protected]

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