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:

2021 Completed Events:

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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. 

Date

Location

Time

Details

March 6, 2021Mojave Special Waste Facility9 AM to 12 PMFlyer w. Details
March 6, 2021Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
March 13, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
March 20, 2021McFarland-Delano Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
March 27, 2021Lebec Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
March 27, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
April 3, 2021Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
April 10, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
April 17, 2021Taft Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
April 24, 2021California City Municipal Airport9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
April 24, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
May 1, 2021Mojave Special Waste Facility9 AM to 12 PMFlyer w. Details
May 1, 2021Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
May 8, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
May 15, 2021Kern Valley Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
May 22, 2021 Lebec Transfer Station9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
May 22, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
May 29, 2021Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
June 5, 2021Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill9 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
June 12, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details
June 26, 2021Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility10 AM to 1 PMFlyer w. Details

*Business waste NOT accepted. Collection events may be cancelled 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 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
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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) 

Applications are being accepted by interested applicants who'd like to be a committee member on the Keep Kern Beautiful Committee. Applications are available at the County's Clerk Office, County Administration Office, 1115 Truxtun Avenue, or at the County's website, www.kerncounty.com.

Upcoming Keep Kern Beautiful Events:

  • Virtual Cleanup
    • None scheduled at this time

Upcoming Keep Kern Beautiful Meetings: 

  • Mar. 11, 2021
  • Apr. 8, 2021
  • May 13, 2021
  • June 10, 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.