Waste & Recycling Events

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Large Item/Bulky Waste Collection

BULKY WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS

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

Next Event: Fall 2019

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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

  • July 6, 2019 - Mojave Special Waste Facility from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (Click Here for Details)
  • July 6, 2019 -  Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (Click Here for Details)
  • July 13, 2019 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (Click Here for Details)
  • July 27, 2019 - Lebec Transfer Station from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (Click Here for Details)
  • July 27, 2019 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (Click Here for Details)
  • August 3, 2019 - Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. 
  • August 10, 2019 - Ridgecrest Sanitary Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • August 10, 2019 - Shafter-Wasco Sanitary Landfill from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • August 17, 2019 - Kern Valley Transfer Station from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • August 24, 2019 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • September 7, 2019 - Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • September 7, 2019 - Mojave Special Waste Facility from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • September 14, 2019 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • September 21, 2019 - McFarland-Delano Transfer Station from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • September 28, 2019 - Lebec Transfer Station from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • September 28, 2019 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • October 5, 2019 - Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • October 12, 2019 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • October 19, 2019 - Taft Sanitary Landfill from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • October 26, 2019 - Boron Sanitary Landfill from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • October 26, 2019 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • November 2, 2019 - Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • November 2, 2019 - Mojave Special Waste Facility from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • November 9, 2019 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • November 16, 2019 - Kern Valley Transfer Station from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • November 23, 2019 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • December 7, 2019 - Tehachapi Sanitary Landfill from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • December 14, 2019 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • December 28, 2019 - Ridgecrest Special Waste Facility from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
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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:

  • Mary 11, 2019 - Community Cleanup Event - Kern River Valley
  • May 18, 2019 - Kids Fest
  • May 23, 2019 - Job Fest: Taft
  • June 1, 2019 - Touch-A-Truck
  • June 13, 2019 - Job Fest: Delano
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Keep Kern Clean Events

Keep Kern Clean 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 Clean Program, Click Here.

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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 other E-Waste Collection options.

Kern County Public Works Department

Mission Statement: To provide public infrastructure, facilitate development, and deliver services that protect and enhance the lives of the people of Kern County.