Free Dump Day event gathers more than 80 tons of waste
BARSTOW • The Barstow landfill was lined with 167 cars on Oct. 26 for the Free Dump Day event.
According to City of Barstow Environmental Services Administrator Belinda Barbour, the city dropped off more than 80 tons of waste material during the four-hour event.
Barbour said the Free Shred Fest began at 9 a.m. and by 10 a.m. the event had 154 cars with boxes and bags of paper to be shredded. Although Barbour did not have an exact number of cars or pounds of shredded documents, she said it was a “fabulous” turnout because cars were lined down Avenue H throughout the event.
“These are events that really meet the public’s needs,” Barbour said. “I think everybody needs a free dump opportunity because we all generate things that don’t fit in our trash can, and we all need to get rid of our confidential paperwork so our identities don’t get stolen. I think the community is learning the value of these events and they are a good fit for the community also.”
According the Barbour, the city is offering a free “dump pass” to Barstow residents who were unable to attend Free Dump Day. The pass will cover a one-time visit for up to 500 pounds of waste material per resident. The passes can be picked up at City Hall or at Burtec Waste, located at 2340 West Main Street, Barbour said.
The city’s next planned Free Dump Day and Free Shred Fest are scheduled for January 2014.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.