The Antelope Valley Recycling and Disposal Facility, located in the city of Palmdale, California currently encompasses 185 acres of land with 125 acres permitted for waste disposal.
The site is also home to the Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center where residents can properly drop-of household hazardous waste and electronic waste free of charge.
Waste Management's Antelope Valley Recycling & Disposal Facility employs the latest advances in landfill technology. From selecting our landfill location to capping landfills that have been filled to capacity, every effort is made to ensure our operational integrity as well as the safety of the surrounding ecosystems.
As part of one of the largest network of landfills in the industry, Waste Management’s Antelope Valley Recycling & Disposal Facility utilizes state-of-the-art liners, leachate collection, ground water monitoring and gas control systems, along with highly effective operational procedures, to ensure a pristine environment.
Designed and operated under highly-regulated and prescribed procedures, our landfill is engineered to protect surface and ground water through the highest environmental control. We carefully maintain our site to ensure we meet or exceed all federal, state and local regulations.
Located at the entrance to the Antelope Valley Recycling & Disposal Facility is a state-of-the-art computerized weigh station. The station allows us to monitor the waste disposal trucks entering and leaving the facility, inspect waste loads that may contain materials that are banned from MSW landfills.
The records created by the weigh station are important for two reasons. First they help us to monitor the health of the landfill through daily, monthly, quarterly and annual reports. Second, they allow California to monitor its progress in fulfilling the waste diversion goals required by Assembly Bill 939 (AB 939). Passed by the California State Assembly in 1989, the bill mandates that each county was to meet diversion goals of 25% by 1995 and 50% by the year 2000. AB 939 also established an integrated framework for program implementation, solid waste planning, and solid waste facility and landfill compliance.
LNG Fueling Station
The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueling station at the Antelope Valley Recycling & Disposal Center was opened in 2002 and is the area’s first such facility. The $605,000 station allows those driving natural gas-powered cars and trucks to easily and conveniently access fuel for their vehicles. LNG is a clean burning fuel that is better for the environment than traditional petroleum based gasoline. Open to both Waste Management and non-Waste Management vehicles, the station has already helped to reduce hundreds of tons of pollutants from the air. To date, 25 percent of Waste Management’s fleet of collection vehicles have been converted LNG-based fuel.
Operations & Maintenance Facility
Servicing Waste Management’s fleet of collection vehicles, the Operations and Maintenance Facility was opened in January 2004. The 18,800 square-foot building provides the area with a local center to effectively and efficiently maintain and repair the company’s vehicles to ensure constant, quality service. The facility houses trash trucks that serve the entire Antelope Valley.
Recycling has always been a major priority for Waste Management. Not only does recycling help save valuable landfill space, it also helps protect the health of the environment and the surrounding community. As a result, Waste Management offers the following recycling programs as part of its regular operations.
Building Debris and Green Waste Recycling
The Antelope Valley Recycling & Disposal Facility accepts concrete, asphalt, wood and green waste for recycling. Collected at the facility for further processing, the used concrete and asphalt are crushed to make recycled road and construction material for internal use. Similarly, wood and green waste are ground up onsite and sold to outside vendors as boiler fuel.
Electronic Waste Recycling
In addition to concrete, asphalt, wood and other green waste, the facility also provides the community with a central location for e-waste recycling. Residents can drop of such e-waste as televisions, microwaves and computers for a nominal fee. The waste is then stored at our facility until it is picked up by an outside vendor for further processing, recycling and distribution.