Riverside County, Burrtec Lead Duroville Trash Removal Effort
RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Waste Management Department and Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc.
will lead a major effort tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9 a.m. to remove trash piles that have accumulated
at Desert Mobile Home Park, known as Duroville.
“Once again, Riverside County is stepping up to provide safe and healthy living conditions through the wind-down of Duroville,”said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “With Burrtec’s help we are able to offer great assistance to the park’s remaining residents.”
For years, Riverside County has worked to eliminate the blight and unsanitary conditions at Duroville, which is on reservation land near Thermal. Through redevelopment, Riverside County developed Mountain View Estates, which provides affordable housing in a park that is brand new, sanitary and has amenities such as a community center.
A federal judge appointed a receiver to oversee Duroville operations for the past few years but as residents moved to Mountain View Estates, money for trash service and security at Duroville has declined. With reduced security, mattresses, refrigerators and tires have increasingly been dumped illegally.
The Waste Management Department will waive the disposal fee on trash collected as part of the
effort in order to remove debris that has accumulated at the southeast corner of the park,
overwhelming the park’s trash disposal system. Volunteers from a work-release program and residents
of the park will be involved in tomorrow’s community clean-up effort.
The county is in the process of demolishing mobile home units at Duroville to facilitate the park’s closure. Supervisor Benoit is in Washington, D.C. this week to meet with federal officials to pursue reimbursement for demolition costs, which the county believes should be borne by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A status conference in the federal lawsuit seeking to close Duroville is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10 a.m. in U.S. District Court in Riverside.
The county anticipates that Mountain View Estates’ 181 units will be completely occupied by early May 2013.