What Is Residential Hazardous Waste?

Residential Hazardous Wastes are products, purchased for use in or around the home, that when improperly discarded, may threaten human health or the environment. 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. Even though a product can be easily purchased at the local store, it can still be harmful to you, your family and the environment. To identify these products, check the container label for words, such as:


Disposing of Residential Hazardous Waste in your trash or dumping it down storm drains or into the sewer and septic systems can be dangerous to your health, the health of others and the environment. Thrown into your trash can, Residential Hazardous Waste can pose a threat to trash collectors and workers. Dumped on the ground or street, Residential Hazardous Waste can be absorbed into the ground water supply, enter storm drains and eventually pollute the Kern River.




  • Only buy what you can use. Share leftovers with friends, neighbors, etc.
  • Recycle used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, car batteries and latex paint.
  • Buy safer alternatives to hazardous household products.
  • Store unused products in a safe, dry, cool place.
  • Follow label directions.
  • For legal, safe disposal of Residential Hazardous Waste, bring it to one of the permanent Kern County Special Waste Facilities in Bakersfield, Mojave or Ridgecrest, Or find out about one-day Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events in your community.

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In order to provide residential hazardous waste collection services to residents in outlying County communities, the following One-Day Collection Events are scheduled:

  • February 5, 2011   - Tehachapi Landfill  from 9:00 am until Noon: Click for directions
  • March 5, 2011       - Kern Valley Transfer Station from 9:00 AM until Noon: Click for directions
  • August 6, 2011     - Lebec Transfer Station from 9 am to Noon: Click for Directions
  • October 1, 2011    - Tehachapi Landfill from 9:00 am until Noon: Click for directions
  • December 3, 2011 - Kern Valley Transfer Station from 9:00 AM until Noon: Click for directions


What can I expect when I visit the Special Waste Facility?

  1. You will drive up to the collection area, put your vehicle in park and turn off the engine. State regulations require you to remain in your vehicle when delivering hazardous waste and refrain from smoking. If you wish to have a container returned to you, please notify staff immediately. Some containers may not be returnable.
  2. An attendant will give you a short form to complete. It’s easy – just your name, address and signature.
  3. While you fill out the form, an attendant will remove the household hazardous waste from your trunk or back seat. You return the clipboard to the attendant and you drive away. That's it!