Volunteers collect nearly 10 tons of litter

Daily Press

VICTORVILLE — Nearly 800 volunteers collected 9.69 total tons of litter during the city’s community cleanup day event April 11, officials announced Monday.

“The litter and trash filled 5 large, construction-sized ‘roll-off’ trash containers, plus a compacting trash truck,” Dana Armstrong, the city’s solid waste manager, said in a statement. “This is equivalent to filling about 2 ‘semi’ tractor-trailers. With each volunteer collecting 2-3 bags of litter, it is estimated that over 1,500 bags of litter were collected …”

The semi-annual event, held each October and April since 2007, attracted 779 volunteers for this year’s spring cleanup, according to officials. Volunteers came from area schools, churches, club and service organizations, homeowner associations, businesses, nonprofits, and included families and individuals.

“This year’s volunteers ranged in age from 1 1/2 to 87 years old,” Victorville Sanitation Enforcement Officer John Garcia said. “This is a great community event that really brings all people together.”

Plastic bags, paper, fast food wrappers and to-go beverage cups were reportedly the most common items found during the cleanup.

Since October 2007, more than 8,785 volunteers have collected over 84 tons of litter from Victorville roadsides, officials said.

The event is coordinated by the city’s Environmental Programs Division and was backed this month by 20 sponsors.

For more information about sponsoring or volunteering for future Victorville Community Cleanup Days, contact the Community Services Department, Environmental Programs Division at 760-955-5095.


By Shea Johnson for vvdailypress.com