The city of Santa Monica’s Resource Recovery & Recycling Division has scheduled an event Saturday, July 23 to help residents safely dispose of unwanted records and documents or obsolete electronics for free.

The community shredding and electronic waste recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Yards, 2500 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica.

City officials said shredding is a reliable way of safely and properly disposing of documents containing personal information that, if discarded improperly, could open the door to identity theft.

The city has arranged to provide secure shredding services free of charge (up to 25 file boxes per vehicle) and all shredded materials will be recycled.

Documents will be commercially shredded by trained, licensed and bonded document destruction specialists. When the documents are destroyed, they are recycled into new paper products.

City officials also noted that

as technology evolves, hundreds of thousands of computers, copiers, fax machines, TVs and other electronics become “obsolete” every year and generate E-waste. Most devices contain a variety of materials that can be recovered and reused but contain certain materials rendering them hazardous and unacceptable for municipal trash disposal, officials said.

The city will accept E-waste at the event and ensure proper recycling.