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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

More than 350 Valle Vista residents take advantage of free large item pickup day


Last updated 10/5/2018 at 3:23am

Tony Ault

Riverside County Department of Waste Resources employee Heather Jacobson checks in a driver with his load of large waste at the Valle Vista Community Cleanup Day Saturday, Sept. 29. The trash was collected by a fleet of Waste Management Trucks on the Valle Vista Assembly of God church parking lot in Valle Vista.

More than 350 Valle Vista residents bearing car loads, truck loads and trailers filled with large cast-off items pulled into the Valle Vista Assembly of God parking lot Saturday, Sept. 29, to begin to fill up 10 waiting trash trucks and a two roll-off trucks bound for the dump – and it was all free.

"We need more to these," Robert Helman said. The local resident brought a truckload of old carpeting, patio chairs and a broken TV, checking in with a Riverside County Department of Waste Resources employee at the church parking lot on Highway 74/Florida Avenue.

Several weeks before the department sent a flyer to all residents inviting them to bring their larger cast-off and trash items to the church parking lot where 10 large Waste Management trash trucks and two roll-offs were waiting to pick them up and deliver them free to the county's Lamb Canyon landfill and ship the electronics off a e-waste firm. Waste Management company partnered with the county for the East Hemet Valle Vista Community Cleanup Day day to help area residents keep their properties clean and environmentally safe at no cost.

Earlier that morning, more than 30 Valle Vista resident volunteers gathered at the Fairview Street Valley Wide Recreation facility to get their instructions on how they could help with the cleanup that included picking up other cast-off goods at other locations for more convenience with limited transportation. Another 30 to 40 Waste Management, Department of Waste Resources and county work release prisoners set up the trucks and equipment for the large item trash collections.

The event could not accept industrial, business or household hazardous waste such as pesticides, motor oils, pool chemicals, building materials and household trash.

When a resident brought a large trailer with larger items, they were provided a voucher enabling them to drive to the Lamb Canyon Landfill to have it unloaded with no charge.

By noon when the event community cleanup event concluded, 361 local residents and the volunteers had dropped off their larger trash items. Among the items brought in were 201 tires that normally are not accepted by the county without a special disposal charge. The figures were supplied by Mark Cortez, Department of Waste Resources crew safety supervisor at the pickup site that afternoon.

Tony Ault

Riverside County Department of Waste Resources safety supervisor John Torrez, right, watches disposal crew toss large pieces of trash into a truck during the Sept. 29 East Hemet/Valle Vista Community Cleanup Day. The Valle Vista Assembly of God parking lot was used as the trash pickup site.

This reporter, who lives in Valle Vista, loaded his pickup truck with some old patio furniture and participated in the cleanup day. I was greeted by RCDWR office staffers Heather Jacobson and Veronica Von Ryih who took my name and directed me where to drop off the junk I had. A volunteer and two work-release program inmates picked up the items and threw then into a waiting trash truck. It was a simple process, and all residents with a load of trash can bring it and a valid ID to participate.

Most residents said the county should have more events like the Valle Vista community cleanup day.

Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington and his staff coordinated the cleanup day. So far this year, cleanup teams of volunteers from the community and Riverside County staff have removed trash, graffiti and weeds from the district area. Volunteers who joined in the cleanup effort received lunch and a green T-shirt.

The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources is planning more free community cleanup events in the county to be announced.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]


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