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Antelope Valley Recycling & Disposal Facility and Lancaster Landfill & Recycling Center support the growing Antelope Valley community.

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 at both locations.

Building Debris and Green Waste Recycling
The facilities accept 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. E-Waste is also taken for free twice a month at the Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center.

Lancaster Recycling & Disposal Facility

The Lancaster Recycling & Disposal Facility is located in the City of Lancaster, California on a 209 acre site.

Weigh Station
Located at the entrance to the Lancaster Recycling & Disposal Facility is a state-of-the-art computerized weigh station. Manned by licensed weigh masters, 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, and maintain a database to record the name of customers disposing waste at the facility; the weight, type and origin of the waste being disposed; and the time and location of disposal within the landfill.

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.

An Airpark for Model Airplanes
Since 1985 the Antelope Valley Tailwinds have called the Lancaster Landfill home. Waste Management has paved a parking area and entrance road on the landfill for the members of the club, who regularly use the facility to fly their model planes. NASA has used the Tailwinds’ airpark to test UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and other vehicles used for US Defense. The Tailwinds also have an active relationship with the international flying community. Flyers from across the world have traveled to Antelope Valley to use the Tailwind Airpark for flying competitions. More information on the Antelope Valley Tailwinds, is available at www.avti.org.

Antelope Valley Recycling & Disposal Facility

The Antelope Valley Recycling & Disposal Facility is located in the City of Palmdale, California and currently encompasses a little under 200 acres of land. On site are two fully permitted landfills that include the currently active 57-acre active disposal area and a 54-acre disposal area that was approved in 1992. It is also home to the new Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center, where residents can drop off household hazardous waste and e-waste free of charge. The remaining property contains ancillary buildings and operations that support the landfill and recycling activities.

Scalehouse Operation
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 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.