By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Vehicles lined the street and around the corner on Saturday to legally dispose of furniture, yard waste, household trash, small appliances and more during a neighborhood clean-up event hosted by the Town of Apple Valley Code Enforcement Department.
According to Burrtec Waste Disposal, nearly 43 tons of trash, debris and recycling materials were collected from 161 participants.
“We used to focus these clean-ups to a small area of homes to concentrate on a neighborhood that we have identified as needing a little TLC,” said Code Enforcement Supervisor Jonathan Wood. “Last November we opened the events up Town-wide and have had an overwhelming response, nearly doubling the participants and amount of debris collected.”
This month’s staging area was at the corner of Kiowa and Tussing Ranch roads, where collected items ranged from office furniture to mattresses, broken tools to yard debris and even a boat.
“With a few exceptions, we will take anything that fits in Burrtec’s roll-off bins. They had just delivered an empty bin and the boat slid right in,” said Wood, who noted the next neighborhood event will be May 5. “Without these events, much of what we were able to collect might otherwise end up dumped in our desert. Nobody wants that.”
The neighborhood events are held with the support of a grant from CalRecycle. Five separate events will be held to collect tires in the coming months, and hazardous materials, refrigerators and televisions can be disposed of for free on most Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town’s Household Hazardous Waste facility, 13450 Nomwaket Road in Apple Valley.
The neighborhood clean-ups are separate events from the twice annual Community Clean-Up Days held in the spring and fall. Families, businesses, churches, clubs and non-profit organizations are encouraged to register now for the April 14 Community Clean-up Day event. Registered participants receive a free T-shirt, cleaning supplies and lunch while supplies last.
For more information on proactive Code Enforcement events such as neighborhood clean-ups and tire collection days call (760) 240-7000 x7560 or visit www.AVCode.org. For information on Community Clean-Up Day call (760) 240-7000 x7071 or visit www.AppleValleyEvents.org.