Bulky waste and other items can be dropped off for free at several locations Saturday in the Coachella Valley, although hazardous materials will not be accepted.
For Palm Springs residents, two drop-off events will occur simultaneously at City Hall, located at 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. Furniture, appliances and other large items will be accepted in the back of the building from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., while electronic waste and shredding materials will be accepted in the front of the building from 8 a.m. to noon.
City officials urged participants to wear a mask and stay in their vehicles in order to avoid spreading COVID-19.
Residents can drop off enough paper to roughly fit into three 9-by-13-by-17-inch boxes. Old TVs, computers and small appliances will also be accepted.
Participants should enter City Hall from El Cielo Road for the shredding and electronic waste event, and Civic Drive for the bulky waste event.
Meanwhile, residents living in unincorporated communities near Mecca and Desert Hot Springs can drop off their bulky waste for free at two other events.
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, 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.
Hazardous materials will be turned away at all locations, 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.