The city of Murrieta and the Murrieta Fire Department are coming together to help homeowners make their homes safer from the threat of wildland vegetation fires with a “green waste” disposal event.
Citizens and city employees are invited to bring their green waste to the corner of Kalmia and 2nd streets from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 17.
In addition to yard clippings, residents can bring old appliances and non-hazardous trash items to the event.
“The Temprano Fire is a good example of why it is important to dispose of cuttings and yard clippings,” Murrieta Fire Chief Matt Shobert said.
“We want to encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of dry landscape trash,” Shobert said. “Often times, the fact that people have yard debris next to their home is the missing link, in terms of devastating fires.”
Shobert added the fire department likes to see a large uncluttered area or “buffer zone” away from a home to avoid disaster when it comes to a wildfire.
“Many times, the buffer zone makes all the difference,” Shobert said.
In addition to green waste, shredding of private documents and old household appliances will also be accepted for disposal.
Guests will be treated to a BBQ at Meadow Ridge Park on Hancock Avenue beginning at noon.
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