Mecca residents and residents within the unincorporated area of Riverside County near the City of Desert Hot Springs will have the opportunity to dispose of bulky waste items for free at two different bulky waste disposal events on Saturday, April 17.
Residents of Mecca can drop off their items at the Mecca II Landfill in Mecca, 95-250 Avenue 66. The Desert Hot Springs area clean-up will be at Bubbling Wells Elementary School, 67-501 Camino Campanero, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240.
Both events run from 8 a.m. to noon or until bins are full.
Residents will need to unload their waste items out of their vehicle and wear a face covering if they are within six feet of a non-household member.
“These clean-ups help the community,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “They provide a service to residents, who want to dispose of items that have accumulated over the past few months. These events also help keep our communities clean and, as a free resource, they provide an alternative to illegal dumping.”
The unincorporated communities served by the Desert Hot Springs area clean-up include the Bubbling Wells neighborhood and B Bar H Ranch southeast of the city, Cholla Gardens, Mission Lakes Country Club, North Palm Springs and Windy Point.
Accepted bulky items include tires – up to nine per trip, furniture, appliances, bundled tree limbs and branches, and electronic waste.
Hazardous materials will NOT be accepted, including batteries, pool chemicals, transmission and brake fluids, herbicides, fertilizers, gasoline, motor parts, fluorescent light bulbs, paint, antifreeze, engines, motor oil, tub and tile cleaners and bleach.
Up to 15 gallons, or 125 pounds, of the above household hazardous waste items can be taken for free to the Waste Resources Department’s permanent collection site in Palm Springs, 1100 Vella Rd. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and at temporary sites throughout the year. More information is available at www.rcwaste.org or by calling 951-486-3200.
Treated Wood Waste (TWW), such as fence posts and railroad ties, is also considered hazardous and is not accepted at clean-ups or household hazardous waste collections.
The events are hosted by the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources, Burrtec Waste & Recycling Services and Desert Valley Disposal, with the support of Supervisor Perez.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez represents the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the 4th District is the largest geographical district in the county.
Supervisor Perez’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.