One of Hesperia's oldest businesses, Advance Disposal Co. & Recycling Center, is playing a key role in ensuring the area meets its recycling mandates.


The company was the first in the county to construct a Material Recovery Facility and continues staying on the leading edge of recycling, according to program specialist Beverly Williams.


"We actually sort for you," Williams said during Friday morning's weekly Hesperia Chamber of Commerce coffee club event. "And we maintain one of the highest landfill diversion rates in the region."


She also talked about why plastic bags are a danger to the environment and suggested people use reusable cloth bags when shopping at the grocery store. A multimedia presentation showed photos of wildlife harmed by plastic bags. Reusing a bag could mean 40 less bags per month for the average grocery shopper, Williams said.


Advance Disposal, which serves Hesperia, Spring Valley Lake, Oak Hills and unincorporated areas in Apple Valley, was started by Robert and Donna Bath in 1965.


"They started with two trash trucks," Williams said.


Advance Disposal in partnership with the City of Hesperia will hold a community cleanup and free tire recycling event between 7:30 a.m. and noon on April 9.