A new convenience center at the City of San Angelo landfill opens Wednesday, Jan. 6, making it easier than ever for everyone to drop off unwanted items, appliances and other debris at the facility.

Dianne Maire

Built for approximately $250,000 by Republic Services under its contract with the City to operate the landfill, the center features eight drop-off lanes to accommodate passenger vehicles and small trailers delivering bulky loads of garbage.

The landfill, 3002 Old Ballinger Highway, is open from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. City residents are allowed one free dumping per month if they show a recent water bill and a photo ID with a corresponding address.

Located near the landfill’s entrance, the convenience center is completely paved, allowing the public to dispose of waste without entering the rough terrain of the facility’s industrial area. Users will pull up to a raised platform that allows them to easily and safely unload bulk items at any one of four bays. The center also sports an appliance drop-off spot and planned xeriscaping.

“The new citizens convenience center represents another upgrade to San Angelo’s solid waste services, as did curbside recycling and free quarterly bulk pickup,” Operations Director Shane Kelton said. “Our citizens have long been able to use the landfill for free once a month. Now they can do so more easily – and cleanly – than ever.”