A chance to declutter

Antelope Valley residents may drop off old mattresses during free recycling events on Saturday in Lake Hughes and Jan. 19 in Quartz Hill.

Antelope Valley residents looking to start the new year by clearing away the old may want to take advantage of free mattress and box spring disposal this Saturday and Jan. 19.

On Saturday, mattresses and box springs may be dropped off at the Lakes Community Center, 17520 Elizabeth Lake Rd. in Lake Hughes. On Jan. 19, the drop-off location is the Los Angeles County Road Yard #551, 4859 West Ave. L-12 in Quartz Hill.

The hours for both days for the free service is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.The recycling event is restricted to Antelope Valley residents only.People can drop off up to 10 mattresses. No mattresses or box springs will be accepted from commercial

business haulers.

Additional mattress collection days are scheduled in the coming months: Feb. 23 at the Public Works road yard at 8505 East Ave. T in Littlerock and March 9 at the Public Works road yard at 17341 East Ave. J north of Lake Los Angeles. Both of these events run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The service is sponsored by Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office, the Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and the Mattress Recycling Council.

It is intended to help combat the scourge of illegal dumping, which often includes large, bulky items such as mattresses, by providing a free outlet for their disposal.

Additional cleanup help coming this spring includes a free dump day on April 13 for residents of unincorporated Los Angeles County communities — which include Lake Los  Angeles, Littlerock, Sun Village, Quartz Hill, Acton, Pearblossom, Llano, Juniper Hills, Elizabeth Lake, Lake Hughes, Green Valley, Neenach and Antelope Acres. Unincorporated-area residents with proof of address such as a driver’s license, a Waste Management bill or other proof of residence can drop off up to one ton of appliances, furniture and trash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lancaster landfill, 600 East Avenue F. Loads must be covered with a tarp. Electronic waste such as cathode-ray television sets and computer monitors may also be dropped off. No business waste, tires or household hazardous waste such as paint and cleaning products will be accepted.

Additionally, used tires may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 27 at Public Works road yards at 4859 West Ave. L-12 in Quartz Hill, at 38126 Sierra Highway in Palmdale, at 17341 East Ave. J north of Lake Los Angeles and at 8505 East Ave. T in Littlerock.

The recycling and disposal events are occurring as county officials study new ways to combat illegal dumping, particularly in the Antelope Valley. At Barger’s urging, the Board of Supervisors in June asked for recommendations from county departments on boosting enforcement and taking other steps to fight illegal dumping. An interim report was issued in August and an action plan is due out this month for consideration by county supervisors.

For details on the disposal day, call Waste Management at (661) 947-7197 or the county Public Works Environmental Programs Division at 1 (888) CLEAN LA.

The April 27 tire recycling event is sponsored by L.A. County, the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, CalRecycle and Los Angeles County Waste Tire Recycling.

Tires may be dropped off by residents from anywhere in Los Angeles County, but no tires will be accepted from businesses. No oversized or tractor tires will be accepted. Residents who will haul more than nine tires per trip must obtain a tire transportation form a week in advance by calling the county Department of Public Health at (626) 430-5540.

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