ADELANTO – In order to provide a valuable service to residents and to help curb illegal dumping the City of Adelanto had their first of three yearly free dump days. In addition to the free dump day, the city also had a community clean-up day where the community gathered to clean the empty desert areas in the city. The expectations were high, but still, the success far surpassed the expectations. The crowd that lined up at Adelanto Stadium—formerly known as Maverick’s Stadium and Heritage Field was extended by an hour-and-a-half with additional roll-offs to accommodate the high turnout.
City of Adelanto Community Safety Manager Steven Peltier said during previous events, up to 75 tons of trash were collected. The Saturday, April 22, 2017, event brought in a combined 105 tons of various accepted items. Items included; nearly 67 tons of trash, approximately 8 tons of metal, 9.5 tons of tires, and nearly 21 tons of miscellaneous items from the cleanup near the corner of Auburn Avenue and New Hampshire Road. Peltier went on to say that the “free” along with the community’s desire for a cleaner community drew the crowd into the event.
“The fees to take these items into the landfill would be quite significant,” Peltier said. The cost to dump at the local landfill is $47.94 per ton, which would equal over $5000 for what was collected. “When you factor in the additional estimated three tons for extra roll off the total in deferred fees is $5,178”.
Approximately 250 vehicles filled with Adelanto residents waited patiently to toss they no longer wanted items without having to pay a fee. “We even collected the roof of a large shed,” said Peltier. According to Peltier, the six-hour event would never have happened without the support of Mike Rhodes, Jesus Marquez and the rest of the Burrtec staff . Twelve organizations, which included 82 volunteers helped to unload and keep the vehicles moving. Residents brought many items that Peltier said would have to go to the landfill or for some; unfortunately, an empty field in the City of Adelanto. The next event will be on Saturday, July 22, 2017. For more information, you can contact the Adelanto Community Safety Department at (760)246-2300 ext. 3005.
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