LANCASTER- The city of Lancaster’s Department of Public Works recently received an award from the High Desert branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for “Best Environmental Project of 2012”, for the City’s new 24 Hour Recycling Center.
“We are honored by this recognition of our efforts and will continue to make Lancaster a city known for taking pride in its ecological stewardship,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris.
The APWA’s Awards Program recognizes outstanding individuals, groups, and chapters representing the best in the public works profession.
The City’s 24 Hour Recycling Center was selected as the recipient of the “Best Environmental Project” due to the direct impact it has made on reducing illegal dumping throughout the Antelope Valley.
The 24 Hour Recycling Center was constructed by the Department of Public Works as the City’s first permanent recycling center to provide a free location for disposal of common illegally dumped materials.
In the past 10 months, the center has conducted several successful collection events, which have recycled more than 258,000 pounds of electronic waste and 8,700 gallons of used motor oil. Currently, the recycling center receives over 6,000 pounds of electronic waste a week, which includes electrical devices such as phones, fax machines, televisions, monitors, fans, lamps, vacuums, computers, and even toys. The center also accepts all forms of oil based automotive products, such as motor oil, gear oil, hydraulic oil, and transmission fluid.
This project has saved the citizens of Lancaster thousands of dollars a year by reducing illegal dumping disposal costs.
“We as a City must continue to do our part to protect and preserve our land, and we will continue to strive for excellence in this field,” concluded Parris.
* Editor’s Note: The city of Lancaster’s 24 Hour Recycling Center is located at the City Maintenance Yard at 615 West Avenue H. For more information, visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/24-hr-recycling or call (661) 723-5885.*
(Information via press release from the city of Lancaster.)