By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– Community support and enthusiasm, combined with Mother Nature provided a gorgeous day, made for a successful Victorville Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 9. A total of 659 volunteers took to the streets of Victorville to pick up litter and other items dumped in the desert. The volunteers collected 5.09 tons of litter and other trash during the event. The litter and trash filled three large construction sized “roll-off” trash containers, plus a compacting trash truck. With each volunteer collecting 2-3 bags of litter, it is estimated 1,500 bags of litter were collected on Saturday.
Volunteers represented area schools and colleges, churches, club and service organizations, homeowner associations, businesses, non-profits, families, friends, neighbors, and individuals. There were participants from 28 different organizations, including Advance America, Best Buy, Catholic Daughters of America #2446, Church of Christ, City of Victorville, Excelsior High Desert Young Marines, Goodwill Industries, High Desert Hospice, Home Depot – Store 665, Iglesia Cristiana Samaria, Klokeid family, Church of Latter Day Saints-Mesa Linda Ward, NAACP-Youth Group, Pino Family, Police & Fire Activity League, Set Free Church of the High Desert, Shabazz Family, Silvas Family, Silverado High School University Prep, Victor Valley Christian Elementary, Victor Valley Christian Interact Club, Victor Valley Church of Christ, Victor Valley High School-AVID, Victorville Elementary School District, Victorville Tae Kwon Do, Village Elementary Student Council, Westbrook National, and Zion Lutheran Church.
“This year’s volunteers ranged in age from 3 to 75 years old,” said John Garcia, Victorville Sanitation Enforcement Officer and event coordinator. “The work accomplished by our volunteers is a great example of the community working together to make a positive impact on our City.”
Team leaders reported that the most common items picked up were plastic bags, paper, fast food wrappers, and to-go beverage cups. Larger items dumped in the desert, included furniture, tires, car parts, and mattresses. One group was happy to find two $5 bills!
The Victorville Community Cleanup Day is a semi-annual event, held each October and April. The first Victorville Cleanup Day was held in October 2007. Since then, more than 10,519 volunteers have worked together to collect over 145.86 tons of litter from Victorville roadsides.
The event is coordinated by the City of Victorville’s Environmental Programs Division. This April’s event had 16 sponsors, including AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union, American Landscape Maintenance, American Organics, CBS Radio – The Route 103, the Daily Press, Desert Valley Medical Group, Don’t Trash Our Desert, High Desert Association of Realtors, High Desert Hospice, The Home Depot Store 665, ServePro, Shear Realty, Splattered Ink, Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce, Victorville Speed Wash, and Victorville Disposal a Burrtec Company.
Local restaurants providing discount lunch and dinner coupons to volunteers included Applebee’s, Baja Fresh, Chili’s Grill & Bar, FarmerBoys, Itchy Food Islands Deli & BBQ, John’s Incredible Pizza, Mimi’s Café, Original Roadhouse Grill, and WaBa Grill.
Photos of the event are posted on the City of Victorville’s Environmental Programs Facebook page at Victorville Environmental.
For more information about sponsoring or volunteering for future Victorville Community Cleanup Days, contact the City of Victorville Community Services Department, Environmental Programs Division at (760) 955-5095.