Waste & Recycling Events

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Bulky Waste Collections

Bulky Waste Collection Events have been hosted by the Kern County Public Works Department for over 20 years in the Metro Bakersfield area. As of 2020, the Kern County Public Works Department has decided to expand its Bulky Waste/Large Item Collection Events to include unincorporated communities to reach residents living in the outlying County areas. During the events, residents can bring unwanted bulky household items such as appliances and furniture to a convenient designated location(s) for FREE disposal. 

Upcoming Events:

  • To be announced 

2021 Completed Events:

  • Bakersfield: Saturday, January 20, 2021 
  • Lamont: Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Wasco: Saturday, March 6, 2021
  • Shafter: Saturday, March 20, 2021
  • Lost Hills: Saturday, April 24, 2021 
  • Buttonwillow: Saturday, May 1, 2021
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Free One-Day Residential Hazardous Waste Collection

The Public Works Department sponsors several free one-day Residential Hazardous Waste Collection Events, in outlying areas, each year. During these half-day opportunities, residents have the chance to bring left-over residential hazardous waste for safe and easy disposal/recycling. If you have residential hazardous waste, these locations and dates might be the opportunity you’ve been looking for to get it off your hands and safely out of your home. 

Date

Location

Time

Details

July 3, 2021Mojave Special Waste Facility9 AM to 12 PMFlyer w. Details
July 3, 2021Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
July 10, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
July 21, 2021Glennville Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
July 24, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
July 24, 2021Lebec Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
July 31, 2021Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
August 7, 2021Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
August 14, 2021Shafter-Wasco Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
August 14, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
August 21, 2021Kern Valley Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
August 28, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details

*Business waste NOT accepted. Collection events may be canceled due to weather conditions.

Click Here for information about the type of materials that are accepted and transportation/handling guidelines

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Community Outreach & Education

Kern County Public Works Department staff members participate in community and business events, street fairs, and public speaking opportunities to get the department's message to the general public.

Currently Scheduled Upcoming Events:

  • TBA
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Keep Kern Beautiful Events

Keep Kern Beautiful clean-up events are coordinated with volunteers from community organizations such as churches, schools, civic groups, businesses, and others that want to make Kern County the best that it can be. For more information about Keep Kern Beautiful, click here. Keep Kern Beautiful meetings are held once a month, on the second Thursday of every month. To participate in these monthly meetings and help make a difference in your communities, join us at the Public Services Building, 2700 M Street, Bakersfield CA, 93301 join us virtually via Microsoft Teams from 3 - 4 p.m. (contact Public Works for an invitation) 

Upcoming Keep Kern Beautiful Events:

  • To be announced 

Upcoming Keep Kern Beautiful Meetings: 

  • August 12, 2021
  • September 9, 2021
  • October 14, 2021
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Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Events

California law states that Electronic Waste (E-Waste) must be recycled. Many consumer electronics contain low levels of hazardous metals that can potentially contaminate soil and water.  To comply with the State mandate and preserve natural resources, Kern County supports Electronic Waste Recycling Collection Events. In addition to dropping off unwanted E-Waste items at County operated facilities, residents can drop off E-Waste at collection events throughout the county free of charge. In addition to the items listed below, many event organizers accept car and rechargeable batteries as well as printer cartridges. Common Electronic Waste Items:

  • Televisions and Computer Monitors
  • Cellular Telephones, Landline Telephones (corded or cordless)
  • Computer Keyboards, Hard Drives, Towers, Laptops, Printers or Scanners
  • Stereo Systems, IPODS, Boom Boxes, Record Players
  • DVD Players, VCRs, Fax Machines, Copiers, and Microwaves

Click here for information about E-Waste Collection options.