By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)–On Saturday, February 4th, High Desert residents visited the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for the first Shred Fest and Mulch Giveaway of 2017.
Residents came out for numerous reasons: from the line up of recycle bins waiting to be filled, to the free shredding service and the ever popular mulch giveaway, there were plenty of reasons to kick the month and year off right and help our community in the process. The first 200 visitors were also given a free reusable shopping bag as well. The event was the first of many that take place throughout the year, serving a need seen here in the High Desert.
“We want to serve the people in our community; there is a need so we are providing It.” said Cindy Poore, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Victorville. “The overall big deal is for the environment, the less that goes to the landfill, the healthier our planet is.”
The event served as a drop off location for items such as TV’s, computers, appliances, mattresses, box springs and more as well. However, there is one thing that many residents out here might think is recyclable, yet in our area, it is, in fact, not.
“A lot of people put Styrofoam in their recycling containers or bins,” said Poore, “and while Styrofoam is technically recyclable, we don’t have a market for it here in the High Desert because it is so bulky and we can’t transport it economically. So right now it is not recyclable and unfortunately has to go to the landfill, so it would be good not to put it in your recycling containers.”
This event was sponsored by Burrtec Waste Industries and the City of Victorville. For more information, contact the City of Victorville Recycling Program at (760) 955-8615 or the Victor Valley MRF at (760) 241-1284.