PHELAN, Calif. — The High Desert Keepers, a grass-roots organization in Phelan, has collected more than 100 tons of trash from the High Desert, according to the Office of First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood.
The group reached the milestone of 114 tons, or 228,000 pounds, of trash collected, said High Desert Keepers President and Founder Scott Brown. They have also removed about 1,500 tires. “We have acquired a new (used) truck, a couple of trailers, and miscellaneous equipment needed to perform our core purpose, cleaning up and preventing illegal dumping in our beautiful desert,” Brown said.
“High Desert Keepers has done absolutely magnificent work in cleaning up illegal dump sites,” said Supervisor Lovingood. “On behalf of the residents of San Bernardino County, thank you for your work to better our communities.”
High Desert Keepers is now a licensed California Waste Tire Hauler and has an agreement with the Mitsubishi Cement Plant in Lucerne Valley to accept tires. High Desert Keepers is working with the cities of Hesperia and Victorville to clean up trash in those areas.
“We want to work with all the government agencies involved with the enforcement of illegal dumping laws,” Brown said. “We don’t just want to clean it up, we want to put a stop to it. We would like to thank Supervisor Lovingood’s office for their continued support in our war on trash and look forward to continuing to work closely with the county to achieve our parallel goals, keeping out beautiful desert beautiful!”