One day of collection is set for Nov. 26 Unsplash/Markus Spiske
Kern County Public Works hosts monthly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) events throughout the county. Residents can pick up and drop off their hazardous waste free of charge on any of these collection days.
HHW collections are for household hazardous waste only. Commercial or industrial waste is not accepted. One collection day is scheduled for Nov. 26 – Kern Valley Transfer Station: 6092 Wulstein Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Additionally, residential HHW can be disposed of at these permanent Kern County Special Waste Facilities (SWF):
Metro-Bakersfield SWF: 4951 Standard St., open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mojave SWF: 17035 Finnin St., Building 2, open the first Saturday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September, Nov. 5) from 9 a.m. to noon; Ridgecrest SWF: 3301 W. Bowman Rd., open the second and fourth Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
When traveling with HHW to any emergency or location, it is important to practice safe transportation methods. Please follow these safety guidelines:
Transport no more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of waste per trip, and no more than 5 gallons in one container; ensure that packages are not leaked and are properly labeled; don’t mix things up; keep materials separate and away from passengers.
Household hazardous wastes are sold for indoor or outdoor use and, if not properly disposed of, may pose a risk to human health or environment. These products include: Household cleaners, cleaning products, hygiene products, chemicals, batteries (home and car), batteries, chemicals, insecticides, pet storage, paint, photo chemicals, pool chemicals and auto and water supplies. Although it is easy to buy a product at the local store, it can still harm you, your family and the environment.
For more information about household hazardous waste, collection materials and guidelines, visit kernpublicworks.com/hazardous-waste and follow us on Facebook @KernCountyPublic Works.