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Green and Wood Waste

Metro Bakersfield

Residential Curbside Collection

Bakersfield and the adjacent unincorporated area, have curbside green waste pickup using green-colored, green waste containers. The program accepts grass clippings, leaves, and branches less than 24 inches in diameter. Creosote-treated wood IS NOT accepted.

Large garden clean-ups and landscape/garden professionals:

The City of Bakersfield operates the Mt. Vernon Recycling & Composting Facility to handle large amounts of green waste from landscape/garden professionals or from large residential garden clean-ups. You can dispose of palm and yucca trimmings here. Creosote-treated wood IS NOT accepted. See below.

Mt. Vernon Composting Facility

Address2601 South Mount Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield
Operating HoursOpen Daily 7 am to 4 pm
Phone:(661) 835-8873

Outlying Areas of Kern County

Grass clippings, tree branches, and construction lumber can be recycled at various disposal sites throughout the County.

Grass/LeavesTree TrimmingsConstruction LumberManure
Bena 
Glennville 
Kern Valley 
Lebec
McFarland-Delano
Ridgecrest
Tehachapi
Taft 
City of Wasco Wood Waste Facility

Seasonal Programs

Christmas Tree Recycling

The Christmas Tree Recycling Program is a collaborative effort between the department, municipalities and area community groups which takes place the three weeks following Christmas. There are several recycling options for Kern County Residents:

  • County Disposal Sites with an existing wood recovery program accept trees for recycling.
  • Residents can also take cut trees to the City of Bakersfield's Greenwaste Facility.
  • Metro-Bakersfield residents can cut their tree into small pieces and place it into the green waste container as long as the lid of the container closes. Please remove nails, decorations, stands and tree bags.
  • There are numerous drop-off locations throughout the County. See the link below to find Christmas Tree drop-off locations & tree pick-up organizations.
  • There are several local non-profit community organizations in Metro-Bakersfield who will pick up your tree for a fee. See the link below to find Christmas Tree drop-off locations & tree pick-up organizations.

Most of the trees collected are ground and used as erosion control, co-generation fuel or as a bulking agent for compost.

For a List of Recycling Locations Click Here to go to the Press Release

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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