By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Those plastic bags you see stuck in the scrub brush could take 500 years to break down. That old tire discarded on the side of the road is a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. The cigarette butts that are sprinkled like seeds throughout the desert are an unsightly health hazard for any child that may pick them up.
Fortunately, there is something you can do about this. The Town of Apple Valley will host its semi-annual Community Clean Up Day on Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Service organizations, schools, churches, clubs and individual volunteers are encouraged to make a difference in our community by registering to participate.
Teams are provided with trash bags and gloves and assigned an area to clean. In return, participants get event T-shirts and lunch while supplies last. Volunteers must sign up in advance to get supplies, assignments and fill out a liability waiver. To help make a difference in the Town of Apple Valley call Special Events at (760) 240-7000 x7071.
The twice annual Clean Up Days are made possible with the help of Burrtec, Sparklett’s, Splattered Ink, Take Pride in America, and Papa John’s Pizza.
Bulky household items such as mattresses, appliances, and furniture may be dropped off free of charge at Lion’s Park between 9 a.m. and noon. No televisions, computer monitors or other hazardous materials will be accepted.
Additionally, Community Clean Up Day coincides with Tire Amnesty Day offered through by Town’s Code Enforcement Department. Apple Valley residents may dispose of passenger car and light truck tires at the park for free. The cost of the event is covered by Cal-Recycle’s Local Government Waste Tire Amnesty Program and is sponsored by the Town of Apple Valley and Burrtec Waste.
The Town also accepts household hazardous waste every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at 13450 Nomwaket Road between Powhatan and Ottawa roads.
For more information on recycling or disposing of hazardous waste, visit www.GreenAppleValley.org.