BARSTOW • Benny Fedricks will be one of ten volunteers painting a wall at Sturnacle Park on Saturday in an effort to spruce up the city.

Fedricks, the business development and retention manager at Pace Services, said he hopes to see community members and local organizations unify to clean up the city.

"If you don't care about your community, no one will," said Fedricks.

Community volunteers will have the opportunity to pitch in at the Community Clean Up and Recycling Day this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon, according to Belinda Barbour, solid waste coordinator for the city.

"One block at a time is how we're going to improve the community," said Barbour.

The event aims to get residents out in their neighborhoods and on the streets — picking up litter, pulling weeds and cleaning graffiti.

City officials have organized four projects that volunteers can register to help out with, but also encourage residents to tidy their yards and neighborhoods on their own.

Residents can also dump large items at the county landfill on Barstow Road for free on Saturday.

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Community Clean Up and Recycling Day
Where: Volunteer registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Desert Discover Center, on 831 Barstow Road. Any volunteers younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult at project sites.

Trash dump: Barstow residents can dump large items for free at the landfill on 32553 Barstow Road, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Only privately owned vehicles with covered loads will be permitted. Proof of residency is required.

Supplies: Project leaders from the city will provide groups with basic gardening and cleaning supplies. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves. All registered volunteers will receive a T-shirt and a lunch coupon.