The City of Palmdale will celebrate Antelope Valley Environmental Pride Month throughout April in conjunction with the Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force, CalRecycle, Waste Management of Antelope Valley and the County of Los Angeles with a series of environmentally-friendly events.

Kicking things off will be a lawnmower exchange hosted by Waste Management on Saturday, April 15, from 8:30 a.m. to11:30 a.m. at the Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center (AVECC) located at 1200 West City Ranch Road in Palmdale. AVECC’s program offers residents the opportunity to recycle their operating gas-powered lawn mower and purchase a new cordless, rechargeable, zero-emissions electric lawn mower. The EGO Power+ 21” mower retails for $499, but program participants pay only $190.31, tax included. Registration is required. Register by calling (866) 646-4652 or going online to www.thegreenstationproducts.com/avaqmd.html.

Between Monday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 19, the City of Palmdale and Waste Management invite local seniors to attend the annual “Sharps and Pharmaceutical Waste Round-Up,” from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors, located at 930 E. Ave. Q-9 in Palmdale.

The event is designed to help seniors properly and safely dispose of their used needles (sharps) and pharmaceutical waste. Pharmaceuticals include pills, prescription medications, liquid medicines and syrups, diagnostic agents, veterinary medications, nutritional supplements, as well as creams and ointments. Home-generated sharps waste means hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications or testing.

All pills submitted for collection must be sealed in plastic baggies. Bottles of liquid, such as topical creams, cough syrups, etc., must be brought in their original containers.

In addition to the collection, information will also be provided on the City’s Sharps Mail Back Program, recycling programs and disposal procedures for materials not accepted at the round-up.

Not accepted are batteries, inhalers, household hazardous wastes, electronic waste and DEA-controlled substances and illegal drugs such as barbiturates and methamphetamines.

During the week of April 24 through 28, Waste Management of Antelope Valley will pick up eight extra trash bags from Palmdale customers in the city limits on the customer’s regular trash day for free. For more information, please call (661) 947-7197.