Waste & Recycling Events

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Bulky Waste Collection

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:

  • Bakersfield: Saturday, November 7th, 2020

One-Day Residential Hazardous Waste Collection

The Public Works Department sponsors several 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. 

Scheduled Dates: 

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


Community Events

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:

  • No events currently scheduled due to COVID-19 outbreak

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 the Keep Kern Beautiful Program, Click Here. Keep Kern Beautiful Committee Meetings are held once a month on the second Thursday of every month. To participate in the meetings and make a cleaner Kern County, 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:

  • Virtual Cleanup
    • Saturday, November 7
    • To sign-up and make a pledge, click here

Upcoming Keep Kern Beautiful Meetings: 

  • Sept. 10, 2020
  • Oct. 8, 2020
  • Nov. 12, 2020
  • Dec. 10, 2020

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.