Effective July 1, 2022, new gate fees will take effect at all Kern County Public Works landfills and transfer stations. These newly established fees have been adopted by the Kern County Board of Supervisors as listed in Kern County Ordinance No. G-9083. Please see specific rates below. Contact Kern County Public Works if you have additional questions.

Landscaping, Gardening, and Tree Trimming Maintenance Service Companies

Beginning July 1, 2022, any and all loads of non-residential green waste shall be charged at the standard rate of $58 per ton or at the vehicle type rates presented below. As of January 1, 2022, recycling of organics and green wastes is now mandated by the State of California through Senate Bill 1383. A commercial self-hauler of organics and green wastes are required by California state law to keep their organics and green wastes loads free of contamination and are required to send organics collected during the course of conducting their business for recycling. Non-residential green waste delivered to Kern County Public Works facilities cannot be disposed of in the landfill and must be handled in a manner that constitutes recycling. Self-haulers are required to maintain documentation and records that they have delivered organic wastes to a recycling facility. Entities that do not comply with Senate Bill 1383 requirements will be issued administrative fines for non-compliance.

Gate Fees as of July 1, 2022*

Ordinary Residential Waste (Self-Haul) No charge
Standard Gate Fee $58 per ton
Transfer Station Fee $10 per ton (added to non-residential gate fees)
Non-Residential at facilities with scales

(transfer fee and out-of-County fee apply, as appropriate)

Cars: $12 per vehicle

Pickup trucks : $27 per vehicle

Pickup trucks loaded above cab: $34 per vehicle

Trailers, large vehicles, or roll off boxes: $58 per ton

Non-Residential at facilities without scales

(transfer fee and out-of-County fee apply, as appropriate)

Cars: $12 per vehicle

Pickup trucks: $27 per vehicle

Pickup trucks loaded above cab: $34 per vehicle

Trailers, large vehicles, or roll off boxes: $58 per ton, conversion table utilized

Construction & Demolition $80 per ton
Clean Dirt

(free of debris, trash, and contaminants)

$5 per ton
Clean Inerts

(free of debris, trash, and contaminants)

$15 per ton
Dirty Inerts $80 per ton
Dead Animals $100 per animal requiring special handling

$150 per ton for multiple animals or parts of animals requiring special handling

Tires

(residential & non-residential)

Bulk loads & earth mover tires: $250 per ton

Light duty tires (18" diameter rim or smaller): $3 per tire

Heavy duty tires (19" to 24" diameter rims): $15 per tire

Oversize tires (racing tires and tires with more than 24" rims): $20 per tire

Travel Trailers $500 each
Treated Wood Waste at Transfer Stations and Unlined Landfills

(maximum of 2 cubic yards per load)

Treated wood waste other than railroad ties: $150 per ton

Treated wood waste in the form of railroad ties: $15 per tie

Treated Wood Waste at Lined Landfills (Bena, Shafter, Taft; contacting Public Works prior to delivery is required) $80 per ton
Untarped / Unsecured Loads 2x the gate fee or $20 minimum charge
Returned Check Fee $60 each
Other Hard to Handle Items $200 per ton
Department Hourly Rate $90 per hour
Non-Residential Bin Fee $3.00 per cubic yard
Non-Residential Transfer Station Bin Fee $0.52 per cubic yard additional
Out-of-County Waste Fee $90 per ton plus applicable transfer fee
Out-of-County Bin Fee $4.30 per cubic yard

 

Senate Bill 1383

With the passage of Senate Bill 1383, recycling is no longer a voluntary action. Recycling of all materials, specifically organics, is now mandated by the State of California and shall be handled in a manner that allows recycling. This means all materials coming to a Kern County Public Works facility is required to be brought into the facility separated or separated during unloading. We encourage you to continue to source separate your materials when visiting the landfill by placing them in designated areas.

*Disclaimer – The Proposition 218 process was completed allowing for an increase in these gate fees with a Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase adjustment formula. Notwithstanding that approval, the Board of Supervisors hereby sets the rates at a lesser amount with acknowledgement that the Board of Supervisors may increase these rates in future years to the Proposition 218 approved rates with the adjustment formula included.