Waste & Recycling Events

bulky waste

Bulky Waste Items Collection

Two times a year, Spring and Fall, the Kern County Public Works Department hosts Bulky Waste/Large Item Collection Events throughout Metro Bakersfield whereby residents can bring unwanted bulky items such as appliances and furniture to designated locations. During the event, residents are encouraged to bring bulky household items to a convenient location for FREE disposal. Beginning in 2020, the Department will be hosting bulky waste collection events in unincorporated communities to reach residents living in outlying County areas. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Lamont/Arvin Areas: March 7th, 2020 
  • Metro-Bakersfield: April 4th, 2020 - POSTPONED

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. 

As of 3/23/2020, all events are currently postponed until further notice.

  • April 4th, 2020Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill - POSTPONED
  • April 11th, 2020 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility - POSTPONED
  • April 18th, 2020Taft Sanitary Landfill - POSTPONED
  • April 25th, 2020 - California City Airport - POSTPONED
  • April 25th, 2020 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility - POSTPONED

Tentatively 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:

  • March 21st, 2020 - Rexland Acres Community Resource Fair - CANCELLED
  • March 26th, 2020 - Step into the Safety Zone - CANCELLED
  • April 4th, 2020 - Metro-Bakersfield Bulky Waste Event - CANCELLED
  • April 18th, 2020 - Great American Clean Up Day - CANCELLED
  • April 18th, 2020 - Earth Day Extravaganza: Strata Credit Union - CANCELLED

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 the 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 from 3 PM - 5 PM.

Upcoming Keep Kern Beautiful Events:

  • March 28th, 2020 - Delano Community Alliance's Community Cleanup Day - CANCELLED

Upcoming Keep Kern Beautiful Meetings: 

  • May 14th, 2020
  • June 11th, 2020
  • July 9th, 2020
  • August 16th, 2020
  • September 10th, 2020
  • October 8th, 2020
  • November 12th, 2020
  • December 10th, 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.