Residents living in unincorporated communities near Mecca and Desert Hot Springs can drop off their bulky waste for free at two separate disposal events scheduled for this weekend, it was announced Wednesday.

Tires, furniture, appliances and electronic waste are among the items that will be accepted at the drop-offs set for 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, or until bins are full.

The events will be held simultaneously at the Mecca II Landfill, 95-250 Avenue 66, and Bubbling Wells Elementary School, 67-501 Camino Campanero, near Desert Hot Springs.

The drop-off at the school is open to residents of the following nearby communities: Bubbling Wells, B Bar H Ranch, Cholla Gardens, Mission Lakes Country Club, North Palm Springs and Windy Point.

“These clean-ups help the community,” county Supervisor Manuel Perez said. “They provide a service to residents, who want to dispose of items that have accumulated over the past few months. These events also help keep our communities clean and, as a free resource, they provide an alternative to illegal dumping.”

Residents must unload items slated for disposal from their vehicles personally, and wear facial coverings if within six feet of a member of another household.

Hazardous materials will be turned away, including batteries, transmission and brake fluids, fertilizers, gasoline, motor parts and fluorescent light bulbs. Those materials can instead be taken to a county drop- off location in Palm Springs at 1100 Vella Road, which is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The free events are hosted by the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources and Burrtec Waste & Recycling Services.

Additional information can be found at www.rcwaste.org or by calling 951-486-3200.

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