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Do I need to cover my trash load while driving to a Disposal Site?

Kern County charges $5.00 per ton, with a $5.00 minimum per load, for vehicles arriving at any Disposal Site with an untarped or unsecured load.

Fly-away litter and bulky items, from untarped and unsecured loads, often blow off or fall out of vehicles – littering the roads leading to disposal facilities. County ordinance and state law requires that trash loads be secured and tarped or fines of up to $1,000 can be imposed on violators. Canvas or plastic tarps, rope and bungee cords are simple tools residents can use to completely cover and/or secure their trash during transport.


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.

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