Kern Public Works to host hazardous waste collection events

KERN COUNTY, Calif. (KERO) – The Kern County Public Works Department will be hosting several household hazardous waste collection events in November.

You can drive and drop off their hazardous waste for free at any of these one-day collection events and are reserved for residential hazardous waste.

Commercial or corporate waste will not be accepted. Here is the program for the month of November:

Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m .: Recycling and sanitary landfill in Tehachapi: 12001 boul.

Saturday, November 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m .: Kern Valley Transfer Station: 6092 Wulstein Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What is household hazardous waste? Residential hazardous waste is products, purchased for use in or around the home, which, when disposed of inappropriately, can threaten human health or the environment. These products include: household cleaners, deodorants, personal hygiene products, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, pet care products, paint products, photographic chemicals, chemicals for swimming pools and automotive fluids and products. Even though a product can be easily purchased from the local store, it can still be harmful to you, your family, and the environment.

Kern County Public Works Department

Residential hazardous waste can still be deposited in these permanent facilities:

Metro-Bakersfield SWF: 4951 Standard Street, is open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mojave SWF: 17035 Finnin Street, is open the first Saturday of every two months (January, March, May, July, September, November) from 9 a.m. to noon

Ridgecrest SWF: 3301 Bowman Road, is open the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please follow these safety guidelines:

Carry no more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of garbage per trip, and no more than 5 gallons per container.

Make sure that the containers do not leak and that they are correctly labeled.

Do not mix the materials.

Keep materials separate and away from passengers.

For more information on household hazardous waste, collection events and guidelines, visit Kern Public Works.

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