Special Recycling Programs & Education
Public education and community outreach are ongoing activities for the Public Works Department. Effective communication is a must to ensure efficient management of the waste stream. Staff members participate in community and business events, street fairs and public speaking opportunities. Written materials, face-to-face discussions, website activity, radio and television commercials, press conferences and media events are important outreach tools to get the Public Works message to the general public.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas Tree Recycling is a cooperative effort between the Kern County Public Works Department, municipalities and community groups to recycle trees.
Read more on the Green Waste page
Free Shopping Cart Removal
The California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corporation will come and collect found shopping carts and deliver them back to the stores for Free.
For more information, or to report a found shopping cart,
call (800) 252-4613 -or- visit them at www.cartretrieval.net
We also believe that education, at the elementary school level, can have a lasting impact on the future of this County. The Department, in partnership with the EcoHero Show, provides an interactive, environmentally focused call and response program to thousands of elementary-aged students each year.
From Lost Hills to Ridgecrest, the EcoHero shows are performed with the philosophy that every kid can change the world! They teach dances or call and response to each of their music videos. After each song, various ecology topics are discussed through story telling and help explain to students how they can have an impact on the ecosystem at home and at school.
Interested educators can contact the Public Works Department by emailing Waste@KernCounty.com and reserve a spot!