Waste & Recycling Events

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Bulky Waste & Electronic Waste Recycling 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 recycling and disposal. California law states that Electronic Waste (E-Waste) must be recycled. Residents may also bring in their E-Waste to these collection events and any of the County operated facilities. Click here for information about E-Waste Collection options.

Upcoming Events:

Completed 2022 Events:

  • Bakersfield: Saturday, January 8, 2022
  • Taft: Saturday, January 22, 2022 
  • Lamont: Saturday, February 5, 2022
  • Mojave: Saturday, February 19, 2022
  • Lost Hills: Saturday, March 12, 2022
  • Delano: Saturday, March 19, 2022
  • Lake Isabella: Saturday, April 23, 2022
  • Frazier Park: Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Ridgecrest: Saturday, May 21, 2022
  • Wofford Heights: Saturday, August 13, 2022

Completed 2021 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
  • Taft: Saturday, August 28, 2021
  • Bakersfield: Saturday, October 23, 2021
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One-Day Residential Hazardous Waste Collection

The Public Works Department sponsors several 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 2, 2022Mojave Special Waste Facility9 AM to 12 PMFlyer
July 2, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
July 9, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer
July 16, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
July 20, 2022Glennville Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
July 23, 2022Lebec Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
July 23, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer
August 6, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
August 13, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer
August 13, 2022Shafter-Wasco Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
August 20, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
August 27, 2022Kern Valley Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
August 27, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer
September 3, 2022Mojave Special Waste Facility9 AM to 12 PMFlyer
September 3, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
September 10, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer
September 10, 2022McFarland-Delano Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
September 17, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
September 24, 2022Lebec Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
September 24, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer
October 1, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
October 8, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer
October 8, 2022California City: 22636 Airport Way9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
October 14, 2022Kern Valley Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
October 15, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
October 22, 2022Boron Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
October 22, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer
October 29, 2022Taft Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
November 5, 2022Mojave Special Waste Facility9 AM to 12 PMFlyer
November 5, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
November 11, 2022Lebec Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
November 12, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer
November 19, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
November 26, 2022Kern Valley Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
November 26, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer
December 3, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
December 10, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer
December 17, 2022Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer
December 24, 2022Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer

*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.

2022 Events:

April 23, 2022: Various times

Keep Kern Beautiful is Celebrating Earth Day and the Great American Cleanup 2022 with Community Cleanups

Throughout Kern County

For more information on how to participate, click here.

January 22, 2022: Any time during daylight hours

"Your Neighborhood" Clean-up

Throughout Kern County

For more information on how to participate, click here.

January 22, 2022: 8-10 a.m.

Taft Community Clean-up

Meet-up Location: Large empty lot about 4 lots north of the corner of Cedar Street and Jefferson Street

For anyone interested in joining the Taft Community Clean-up effort, please contact Christopher McGehee at chrismrotary@gmail.com.

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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.

Upcoming Keep Kern Beautiful Events:

Upcoming Keep Kern Beautiful Meetings: 

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2022, from 2-3 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. Click on the link above for details.