Environmental Services

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Welcome to the Environmental Services page. We take great pride in our programs to address citizen needs when it comes to solid waste collection, recycling, and overall sustainable practices. Through the City’s franchise, with WM, recycling services are made available to residential and commercial entities to divert material away from local landfills. Ongoing programs provide the ability to properly discard bulky items, e-waste, sharps, hazardous materials, and used motor oil.

Please help in our efforts to maintain a clean and safe environment, for the City of Lancaster, by remembering to dispose of unwanted items safely and responsibly.

Don't Blow It! 🍂 Fall Leaves Don't Belong in Storm Drains.

Fall Leaf Collection Program: Autumn in the Antelope Valley brings strong breezes and an abundance of fallen leaves, which can clog public drains and gutters during the fall and winter seasons. In turn, stormwater inlets clogged with leaves and lawn debris can worsen flooding. The most effective way to clean neighborhood streets for pedestrians and drivers is by bagging your fallen leaves and lawn debris instead of blowing or sweeping them into the street. You can use your residential waste service containers from Waste Management scheduled for regular weekly pickup for this green waste disposal. 

Additionally, Waste Management picks up bagged leaves free of charge for 90 days from November 27 2023 through February 28, 2024. This Fall Leaf Collection Program provides you the option of bagging leaves separately from your waste service containers. You should place your bagged leaves with other yard waste and set them out on the same day as all other residential waste service containers (trash, recycling, and organic waste) on top of the curb for pickup. The benefits of the Fall Leaf Collection Program include cleaner streets and a considerable increase in disposal capacity for residents who deal with substantial leaf problems during this season.  


City of Lancaster Recycling Center
615 West Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-5885
Tuesday-Saturday: 8 AM – 3:30 PM
Closed on Sunday and Monday

After hour drop offs are not allowed 

Contact Information:

For more information, or to report a problem, contact the Environmental Services Team between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Thursday and Friday between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM at (661) 723-5985.

Local Food Recovery Organizations

🥦Boulevard Community Church - Our Daily Bread Food Outreach Ministry
🍓Grace Resources
🍅Helping Hands Feeding Children
🥒Hope Chapel Foursquare Church
🍇Lancaster United Methodist Church
🥕Living Water Worship Center
🍊The Lord's House of Refuge
🍎The Salvation Army Antelope Valley Corps Community Center
🍋Voices of Our Youth

City of Lancaster Resolution 22-45

Download a letter of protest here.

Potential Waste Management Fee Increase Statement

Read it here. 

Waste Management Agreement & Amendments

Read it here.


Learn more about CalRecycle here.

California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy

How to Comply with California's New Food Donation Law

Organic Recycling Requirements 

Learn more here.

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