County offers solution for dumping hazardous waste into local landfills

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Workers at our local landfills are noticing an increasing problem with the dumping of hazardous waste.

You're encouraged to take household cleaners and old electronics to the Kern County Special Waste Facility where they will not only recycle these items, but they will do it for free.

At the facility you can drop off up to 125 pounds of hazardous waste at one time.

"We take your paints, your pesticides, your household cleaning products, your automotive products, any kind of fire extinguishers, all your household batteries," said site manager Eric Campbell.

The site takes in anything that's considered non-disposable in your normal trash.

"3,500 to 4,000 pounds a week, we get about 200 vehicles a week," said Campbell.

You can take any kind of hazardous waste to the facility, including old propane tanks, used electronics, and old paint. Other items commonly accepted include: expired medication, light bulbs, cleaning products, and pesticides.

If the items brought in are still good, you can pick them up for free, at the facilities' "Stop and Shop."

You can drop off your hazardous waste at the facility on 4951 Standard Street every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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