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Kern County Public Works Department hosting a household hazardous waste collection event

Household Cleaner
Posted at 6:23 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 21:23:17-05

Kern County wants to help you dispose of household hazardous waste. The Kern County Public Works Department is hosting a collection event on Saturday in Tehachapi.

The event is located at Tehachapi Recycling and Sanitary Landfill at 12001 Tehachapi Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

These products include household cleaners, deodorizers, personal hygiene products, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, pet care products, paint products, photographic chemicals, swimming pool chemicals, and automotive products & fluids.

Residents can drive-up and drop off their hazardous waste free of charge at any of these one-day collection events. Commercial or business waste will not be accepted.

If these products are not disposed of correctly they can be harmful to humans, pets, and the environment.

Additionally, residential HHW can always be dropped off at these permanent Kern County Special Waste Facilities (SWF):

  • Metro-Bakersfield SWF, located at 4951 Standard Street, is open every Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Mojave SWF, located at 17035 Finnin Street, is open the first Saturday every other month, from 9 a.m. to noon (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, Nov).
  • Ridgecrest SWF, located at 3301 Bowman Road, is open the second and fourth Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When traveling with HHW to any event or facility, it’s important to practice safe transportation procedures. Please follow these safety guidelines:

  • Transport no more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of waste per trip, and no more than 5 gallons per single container.
  • Make sure containers are not leaking and are properly labeled.
  • Do not mix materials.
  • Keep materials separated and away from passengers.