Lancaster announces grand opening of 24-Hour Recycling Center

LANCASTER — Recycling reusable waste just became a whole lot easier, thanks to the city of Lancaster’s 24-Hour Recycling Center.

The recycling center will provide all Antelope Valley residents the opportunity to “go green” by allowing them to dispose of their unwanted electronics and used motor oil for free, 24 hours a day.

The grand opening of the 24-Hour Recycling Center will kick off with a special event on July 28 and 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The first 250 vehicles that arrive to drop off their e-waste or used oil will receive one free admission to the Antelope Valley Fair.

Lancaster’s 24-Hour Recycling Center contains a 160-foot “round-about” for vehicles and an after-hours drop off location for weekends and holidays.  The center includes:

  • Used oil and oil filter collection areas,
  • Separate pouring and container disposal stations, and
  • Segregated bins for electronic waste and batteries.

The center is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing citizens to drive up and drop off their oil and electronic waste in a safe and convenient manner.

“The city of Lancaster has a number of properties affected by illegal dumping, which is why we’ve created this 24-hour recycling center,” said Environmental Coordinator Justin Lewis.

“The concept is to allow citizens to drop off their recyclable waste into individually labeled bins at their convenience.”

The recycling facility is capable of holding up to 8,000 pounds of electronic waste and 1,200 gallons of oil at any time.

The center even has the capacity to allow businesses to get involved by providing a free electronic waste pick-up service. Such equipment can include computers, phones, fax machines, televisions, monitors, or any other type of electronic items.

City officials are hoping the convenience of the recycling center will significantly help with reducing illegal dumping, as well as consumer costs associated with proper disposal of universal waste.

“Illegal dumping negatively affects local flora and fauna; it can even contaminate the natural water supply in our area,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “We founded this facility in hopes that, with a convenient drop-off location open 24/7, citizens will join us in making Lancaster a ‘greener’ place to live,”

The City of Lancaster’s 24-hour recycling center is located at the City maintenance yard, at 615 West Avenue H, between 10th Street West and Sierra Highway. For a detailed list of items accepted at the center, visit

(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)

  9 comments for “Lancaster announces grand opening of 24-Hour Recycling Center

  1. ryenisha jackson
    July 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    It will be a gathering of scum in no time

    • tammy
      August 20, 2012 at 3:13 am

      this is a great plan. i hope it is very successful. who ever thought of this, ty. we didn’t need 3 walmarts opened 24hrs. this sounds like a better plan for the “late-nighters”. gl & right-arm

  2. donna
    July 20, 2012 at 12:10 am

    since people just drop off things, I doubt it will be manned 24 hours a day

  3. ShadowCrestWatchers
    July 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Let hope the recycling thiefs/dumpster divers staty away from this place.

  4. Ellis H.
    July 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Hopefully this place will work out, and stay open…Maybe it’ll at least keep people from dumping used oil in the desert….

  5. July 19, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Am I reading this right? 24/7 operation? Beats the tarnation out of the e-waste collection center at the Palmdale City dump, which is open on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 AM to 3 PM. Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center (AVECC) link here:

    My only question is, can Lancaster afford to keep these hours of operation going given the current economic environment? Hope so.

    This is another reason why it’s good for Palmdale and Lancaster to remain separate municipalities and not become one city. Competition as exemplified in this case means more choices and better services for residents. My hat’s off to the City of Lancaster for doing this.

    Now for something REALLY radical: to prevent even more illegal dumping, as mentioned in this City of Lancaster press release, how about providing FREE trash pickup and removal for residential trash customers? Would the illegal desert dumping diminish as a result? You never know until you try!

    • William
      July 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      It’s Lancaster officials who want the 2 cities to merge. Palmdale doesn’t want it or Parris or any of your people running anything involving Palmdale.

      If you live in Lancaster, then good, keep your trash there and don’t worry about the Palmdale dump.

  6. Jamie
    July 19, 2012 at 7:04 am

    It’s about time we had a place like this…..Cool.

  7. Denise Latanzi
    July 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    This is awesome!

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