KINGMAN - The first of the Clean City Commission's semi-annual Roving Dumpster Cleanups is scheduled for this Saturday, April 26, at the Mohave County Fairgrounds, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd.
A series of Dumpsters will be provided to the public for anyone wanting to dispose of household trash or recyclables, though Principal City Planner Rich Ruggles stressed that regular-sized garbage must be bagged to be accepted.
Members of the Clean City Commission and Sanitation Department as well as work crews from the county prison will be on hand to assist the public with unloading refuse and larger items.
They will be accepting trash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Bulldog Disposal removing full loads to the dump.
The Roving Dumpster Cleanups began in 2003 in response to widespread illegal dumping in the surrounding desert.
According to Ruggles, they have since been a great success, for to the city and county.
"(The Commission) thought, if it was provided for free, people who don't otherwise have trash service or can't afford it would utilize it," Ruggles said.
"Fifty-five to 60 percent of people (come) from the city, the rest are from the county. But we feel that since it's all one community in the area, it's still benefiting the community since it's not ending up in the desert someplace."
The city does two cleanups each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. And while the spring cleanup generally attracts more people, Ruggles said last October's had the largest turnout he's seen so far, which leaves him optimistic about the prospects for Saturday.
"We always have a big turnout, we'll have a couple hundred customers probably," he said. "Return customers will dump off a load, disappear for an hour, then come back. We figure any amount of trash that isn't on a person's lot is a positive thing."
In coordination with the clean-up, the city's new plastic bag recycling program, Bag Central Station, is set to launch the same day in area grocery stores. Participating stores include Wal-Mart, Bashas' and both Safeway locations. Each store will feature an unveiling of the new recycling bins at 10 a.m. and will be giving away reuseable cloth shopping bags and recycling literature through 11:30.
There will also be a hazardous waste collection held at the fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.The full range of household hazardous waste - with the exception of explosives - will be collected.
Mohave County, the Kingman Fire Department and the Kingman Clean City Commission are sponsoring the event.
For additional information, contact Cullin Pattillo or Linda Laporte from the Mohave County Public Works Department Landfill Division at 757-0910.