Community Cleanup Day in Apple Valley is coming up on Saturday, April 5, while Victorville and Hesperia are holding theirs on Saturday, April 12.With convenient waste and recycling programs serving the High Desert, Burrtec Waste Industries offers High Desert residents lots of ways to keep our desert clean and trash-free. Sharon Mitchell, municipal programs director, spoke at a recent chamber function about Burrtec and what the company offers to the local community. For over 50 years, Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. has consistently provided excellence in service and satisfaction with a strong loyalty to the future of the communities in which they serve. Burrtec’s material recovery facilities sort and process recyclables. With the increase in the amount of recyclables being discarded, material recovery facilities play an important role in the process of collecting recyclables to redistributing them to third-parties to reintroducing them to the general public. Recycling plays an important role in managing the waste generated in homes and businesses, and it reduces the need for landfills. Every effort is made to ensure that the delicate environment is protected for many generations to come. The list of recyclable items continues to grow. Things that can be recycled include: All numbered plastics, aluminum cans & foil, cardboard, cereal boxes, detergent containers, empty aerosol cans, envelopes, file folders, frozen food boxes, glass jars, green waste*, juice bottles, junk mail, liquor bottles, magazines, mixed paper, newspaper, pie tins, plastic containers, plastic milk jugs, soda bottles, styrofoam**, telephone books, tin cans, used motor oil*, and white paper. Things that cannot be recycled include: Bathroom tissue, bubble wrap, cellophane, clothes, dishware, dry cleaning bags, facial tissue, food, food-stained paper, household chemicals, medical waste, padded envelopes, plastic bags, sharps, Tyvec-type envelopes, used paper towels, waxed cardboard, and window glass. The landfill is a carefully designed structure built into or on top of the ground in which trash is isolated from the surrounding environment (groundwater, air, rain). This isolation is accomplished with a bottom liner and daily covering of soil. Burrtec and its sister company, EDCO Disposal Corporation, comprise the largest privately held solid waste company in California. Originally started in 1955, the company is still owned and operated by The Burrs’. They value the markets in which they serve and the unique needs of customers, whether they are industrial, commercial, municipal jurisdictions or residential subscribers. Understanding that these communities place their trust in Burrtec and is why the company’s employees continue to always put their customers first. The facility puts on several events each year, including community cleanup days, and Shred Fest events. The upcoming 2014 Shred Fest events are May 3, August 2 and November 1. Victorville and Apple Valley residents may bring up to four 20-pound boxes of paper documents to shred free. Documents are shredded on-site by All Purpose Document Destruction. Other services offered at Shred Fest include a free up to 50 gallons of compost/mulch giveaway (bring your own shovel, bag, containers). Shred Fest events are for residents only – no businesses or commercial vehicles. Community Cleanup Days are held throughout the Victor Valley, during April and October each year. Various service clubs, schools, and other groups pitch in to help out. Community Cleanup Day in Apple Valley is coming up on Saturday, April 5, while Victorville and Hesperia are holding theirs on Saturday, April 12. Ongoing recycling services include: Visit Recycle Alley at the MRF to drop off old TVs, computers, appliances, scrap metal, mixed paper, plastic, glass, cardboard, and newspaper for free. They now accept donations of clothing and shoes. It is open to the public Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The Buy Back Center at the MRF lets you redeem your CRV bottles and cans for CASH. Cardboard and newspaper is also accepted. It is open to the public Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The Victor Valley MRF is located at 17000 Abbey Lane, Victorville, CA 92394. Call (760) 241-1284 for more information.