Automated Refuse & Recycling Containers
Bakersfield households are provided with three containers; one green waste cart, one tan cart and one blue recycling cart. Your carts should be out by 6 a.m. on your assigned pick-up days. Make sure the cart is facing the street (or alley) and leave at least 4 feet of space around it. The carts are labeled with your cart serial number. This is provided to help you and us identify lost, stolen, damaged, or misplaced carts. Missing containers at the same address will be billed for replacement to the property owner at the current replacement cost. The City or contractor will repair or replace all damaged containers at no charge, except those damaged due to negligence or abuse by the customer.
Tan Refuse Materials Accepted: All regular household trash.
Materials Not Accepted: Large amounts of dirt, sod, concrete, rock, furniture, large appliances, and flammable/hazardous materials. The cart may not be serviced if the lid is not completely closed.
Green Waste Materials Accepted:Yard trimmings, grass, brush, untreated construction wood, palm, leaves, sawdust, tree limbs, and sod.
Materials Not Accepted:Trash, wood treated with creosote or Arsenic (such as telephone poles or railroad ties), Formica, any material over 24 inches in diameter, dirt, tumbleweeds, hazardous materials, and excrement. The cart may not be serviced if the lid is not completely closed.
Blue Cart Recycling Materials Accepted: cardboard, junk mail, newspaper, magazines, office paper, aluminum/steel cans, phone books, brown paper bags, #1 and #7 plastic containers, and green, brown, clear glass.
Bulky Items Please call 326-3114 if you would like an appointment to have large household items, such as couches, tables, refrigerators, etc., removed from your front curb. This is a FREE service to City residents (except apartments with five or more units). Service is limited to two items per quarter per home. Residents are encouraged to contact charitable organizations for possible pickup and reuse of furniture, appliances, etc. before disposal. The City, County, and local haulers will hold two bulky item drop-off days per year. Call (661) 326-3114 for more information on this service.
Construction & Demolition Construction and Demolition (C&D) material includes rock, brick, concrete, asphalt, dirt, ceramic tile, and other similar materials. You can save money by recycling your C&D by avoiding costly landfill tipping fees. Residents can take these materials to several locations. Please review the [Kern County Recycling Guide] to find a facility near you. Remember your untreated lumber can be recycled at the Mt. Vernon Recycling & Composting Facility.
Drop-Off Recycling Locations
There are several locations [Download List] where residents can go to recycle newspaper, glass containers, cardboard, junk mail, magazines, aluminum and tin cans, and plastics (#1 through #7 only). Please deposit the recyclables into the containers in the correct drop-off compartment. More about drop-off recycling> Your Collection Service & Holiday Schedules Holidays that may affect your collection services are: January 1st, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25th. All other holidays will not affect your regular trash service. [See Holiday Schedule]. If your trash service falls on or after a holiday, service will be delayed one day that week. For example, if the holiday falls on a Tuesday, Monday’s service will not be affected, but Tuesday’s service will be delayed to Wednesday, Wednesday’s service will be delayed to Thursday, and so forth.
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