— The city of Yakima has scheduled a community cleanup event for Saturday.

Residents in City Council District 2, which is primarily south of Tieton Drive between 40th Avenue and First Street, may drop off unwanted items for free at the Yakima Valley Community College parking lot off 12th Avenue and West Nob Hill Boulevard. The station will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free bags will also be available.

Organizers urge residents to separate household refuse from yard debris. Recycling bins will be available for paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and milk jugs. Hazardous materials, such as paint and chemicals, won’t be accepted, but old tires can be disposed of.

City officials say the event offers an opportunity for a communitywide effort.

“We hope neighbors will join together to not only clean up their property, but to improve the appearance of nearby alleys, streets and sidewalks,” code compliance officer James Scott said in a news release.

“The cleanup events also provide a wonderful opportunity for community groups to donate time and really make a difference in the way Yakima looks.”

Anyone interested in volunteering may call Scott at 509-576-6745.

Additional cleanup days are scheduled for April 13 (District 3), May 4 (District 4), Sept. 7 (District 1), Sept. 28 (District 2), Oct. 12 (District 3) and Nov. 2 (District 4). The first one this year, held earlier this month in the West Valley area, yielded nearly 5 tons of debris, city officials said.

(Council district map)