Salt Lake officials Friday applauded volunteers who have worked throughout the past week handing out orange-colored plastic lawn and leaf bags at 10 city fire stations and six senior citizens centers.

Tamara Wharton, coordinator of volunteers for the city, said 500,000 plastic bags were purchased. "Volunteers started passing them out Saturday, Oct. 15, and the bags will probably be all gone by the middle of next week."She said citizens from Salt Lake City will be able to pick up the bags, free, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week from 1 to 7 p.m.

The city fire stations taking part in the program, which is being managed by the city's Public Works Department, Fire Stations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 13.

Public Works Department officials said citizens who fill up the orange bags with leaves and lawn cuttings should place the bags near the street to be picked up during the next several weeks.

Wharton said only about half of the plastic bags were left Friday afternoon, "so people should pick them up Saturday or as soon as possible, before they are all gone."

For more information about the free leaf bags and the garbage pickup program, call the Public Works Department at 535-6999, Wharton said.