November 2, 2022

Free, Contactless Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event to be Held in Gaithersburg on Saturday, Nov. 5

A free Community Shredding and Electronics Recycling event will take place at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Nov. 5. The event will be presented by the City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with the Gaithersburg Environmental Affairs Committee, Georgetown Paper and e-End. While the shredding services are free, food donations to support the efforts of the Gaithersburg HELP pantry also will be collected.

The event will be held in the parking lot of Bohrer Park, which is located 506 South Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg. The collection area will be next to the Skate Park and Water Park. The event is open to all, not just City of Gaithersburg residents.

Visitors will be asked to pop their trunks upon proceeding to the shred truck. Staff will remove boxes without making contact. Acceptable items for shredding include all types of paper, including receipts, tax and medical records and financial and legal documents. Paper with staples and paperclips (no binder clips) will be accepted, as will envelopes with plastic windows. If paper is in three-ring binders or is spiral bound, bindings must be removed before coming to the event.

Learn more about shredding at All shredding will be done on site.

E-waste will be accepted in a designated truck. For the safety of residents, staff and volunteers, only one car may approach the E-waste truck at a time. Visitors will be asked to deposit E-waste into the truck themselves. Consider donating items before disposing of them. Items that will be accepted include:
  • CDs and computer disks
  • Towers
  • Laptops
  • Circuit boards
  • Tablets
  • Mobile phones
  • Toner and ink cartridges
E-waste will be stored in a secure location before being picked up by e-End, a secure data destruction company.

Donations of nonperishable food items to benefit the Gaithersburg HELP food pantry are encouraged. They will be removed from donors’ trunks by volunteers. Suggested items include canned soup, canned vegetables, canned tomatoes with low salt, fruit cup up in its own juice, cereal, fortified pastas, rice and dried beans of all kinds, baby food, macaroni and cheese mixes, canned tuna, peanut or other nut butters, gluten free pastas and spaghetti sauce. No fruit juices will be accepted. The pantry is also in need of baby formula and diapers. Learn more about the organization at

For more information about the community shredding event and environmental initiatives in Gaithersburg, visit