RECYCLED GOODS HANDLING CRITERIA

In order to save valuable landfill space and meet state and federal mandates, the Waste Management Department operates a variety of recycling programs at its disposal sites. A variety of materials are separated from the waste stream and processed into new products. Disposal Site Recycling Programs are listed below:

NON-RECYCLED HANDLING CRITERIA

While Waste Management Department operates a variety of recycling programs at its disposal sites, not everything we use can be recycled. A variety of materials are left over after the waste stream is separated. Those goods still have important methods of handling for the health and safety of you and the Kern County Waste workforce.

CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION (C & D) WASTE RECYCLING

Construction and demolition waste includes the following material types: Asphalt, Brick, Concrete, Dirt, Drywall, Fencing Material, Metal, Packing Material, Pallets, Pipe and Wood. Please review the handling instructions and acceptance criteria for each of the materials listed as they may vary for each material type.

ASPHALT

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected):
  • Asphalt without any reinforcing elements is considered clean and recyclable (also known as a Clean Inert). It is accepted in sizes up to 3ft long x 2ft wide x 6 in thick.
  • Material must be placed in the DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Salvaging of materials by the public is PROHIBITED.
  • Materials over 6′ long, that cannot be crushed into smaller pieces (3’x3’x1’) are PROHIBITED.
  • Asphalt slabs or structures with reinforcing elements are NOT RECYCLABLE. However, they are accepted for disposal in sizes up to 3ft long x 3ft wide x 1 ft thick in dimension. See the Disposal Site for fees.
  • Some source-separated construction & demolition materials may be eligible for up to a 50% Discount. Discounts will be determined at the gate.

BRICK (INERT)

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected):

  • Clean recyclable brick is accepted in sizes up to 3ft long x 2ft wide x 6 in thick without any reinforcing elements.
  • Non-recyclable brick slabs or structures with or without reinforcing elements are accepted in sizes up to 3ft long x 3ft wide x 1 ft thick in dimension and is chargeable.
  • Some source-separated construction & demolition materials may be eligible for a 50% Discount. Discounts will be determined at the gate.
  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Salvaging of materials by the public is PROHIBITED.
  • Materials over 6′ long, that cannot be crushed into smaller pieces (3’x3’x1’) are PROHIBITED.

CONCRETE (INERT)

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected):

  • Clean recyclable concrete is accepted in sizes up to 3ft long x 2ft wide x 6 in thick without any reinforcing elements. (Concrete must not contain trash or rebar and in small manageable sizes.)
  • Non-recyclable concrete slabs or structures with or without reinforcing elements are accepted in sizes up to 3ft long x 3ft wide x 1 ft thick in dimension and is chargeable.
  • Some source-separated construction & demolition materials may be eligible for a 50% Discount. Discounts will be determined at the gate.
  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Salvaging of materials by the public is PROHIBITED.
  • Materials over 6′ long, that cannot be crushed into smaller pieces (3’x3’x1’) are PROHIBITED.

DIRT

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected): There are several kinds of dirt: Clean fill dirt (less than 30% vegetation), dirty dirt (more than 30% vegetation, rocks, etc), & contaminated dirt (hazardous constituents in the dirt).

  • Dirt of any kind is NOT accepted at Transfer Stations or Bin Sites.
  • Dirt is accepted at all Landfills.
  • Disposal Fees depend upon what type of dirt it is.
  • Contaminated Dirt is not accepted.
  • You must obtain approval prior to disposal. Call 661-862-8900 or 800-552-Kern, Option 6.

DRYWALL

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected): Drywall is accepted for disposal at most Disposal Sites in Kern County. However, for recycling, look in the Kern County Recycling Guide for a list of recycling Options.

FENCING MATERIAL

Fencing materials will be either may be woodmetal or plastic. See the Recycling Program for the material type of the fencing you have to dispose of for direction.

METAL

See Metal Recycling Program.

PACKING MATERIAL

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected):

  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Salvaging of materials by the public is PROHIBITED.
  • Materials over 6′ long, that cannot be broken into smaller pieces (3’x3’x1’) are PROHIBITED.
  • Some source-separated construction & demolition materials may be eligible for a 50% Discount. Discounts will be determined at the gate.

PALLETS

See Wood Recycling Program for Information.

PIPE

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected):

  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Salvaging of materials by the public is PROHIBITED.
  • Materials over 6′ long, that cannot be crushed into smaller pieces (3’x3’x1’) are PROHIBITED.
  • Some source-separated construction & demolition materials may be eligible for a 50% Discount. Discounts will be determined at the gate.
  • Analytical testing may be required prior to acceptance of dirt and sand. Call for information.
  • Look at the Kern County Recycle Guide for other recycling options.
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ELECTRONIC WASTE RECYCLING

Many electronic devices are considered Universal Wastes and are prohibited from disposal. County landfills and transfer stations are able to recycle Electronic Waste (E-Waste). E-Waste Materials ACCEPTED:

  • Boom Boxes
  • CD/DVD Players
  • Computer/Telephone Parts
  • Keyboards
  • Printers, Copiers, Scanners
  • Stereos, IPODS,
  • Televisions
  • Computer Monitors
  • Video Arcade Systems
  • Monitoring Instruments

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected): 

  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • DESTROY YOUR COMPUTER’S HARD DRIVE prior to disposal/recycling. This can be done by physically damaging the hard drive or purchasing a disk cleaning software.
  • Salvaging of materials by the public is PROHIBITED.
  • Do not break cathode ray tube screens (TV or computer monitors) for your safety and to assure recycling.
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GREEN WASTE RECYCLING

Green Waste Materials ACCEPTED:

  • Grass Clippings
  • Horse & Cattle Manure
  • Plants
  • Sod
  • Brush
  • Leaves

Green Waste Materials NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Large Roots larger than 3’ width and 6’ length INCLUDING ROOT BALL
  • Tumbleweeds
  • Loads with multiple types of waste material including trash (Green Waste is contaminated.)
  • Wood or wood products (see Wood Recycling Program)

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected):

  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Salvaging of materials by the public is PROHIBITED.
  • Materials over 6′ long, that cannot be crushed into smaller pieces (3’x3’x1’) are PROHIBITED.

Look in the Kern County Recycle Guide  for other collection locations.

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METAL & APPLIANCE RECYCLING

Materials ACCEPTED:

  • Ovens, Stoves, Refrigerators, Freezers, Microwaves
  • Washers/Dryers, Dishwashers, Water Heaters
  • Air Conditioners, Heaters, Swamp Coolers
  • Scrap Metal, Metal Siding
  • Chain link Fence, Fence Posts
  • Patio Furniture, Swing Set, Bicycles
  • Lawn Mowers

Materials NOT ACCEPTED:

  • NO Pressurized Tanks
  • NO Pressurized Cylinders
  • NO Whole Engines
  • NO Trailers
  • NO Whole Vehicles
  • NO Metal Drums

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected):

  • All appliances must be EMPTY.
  • Self-locking doors on Refrigerators or Freezers must be DISABLED.
  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Salvaging of materials by the public is PROHIBITED.
  • Some source-separated construction & demolition materials may be eligible for a 50% Discount. Discounts will be determined at the gate.

Look in the Kern County Recycle Guide  for other recycling locations

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PLASTIC RECYCLING

Materials ACCEPTED:

  • Ag Film
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Hard Plastics(toys, furniture)

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected):

  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Salvaging of materials by the public is PROHIBITED.

Look in the Kern County Recycle Guide  for other locations NOTE: Agricultural use plastics can be recycled. Visit the Ag Container Recycling Council  (Click Here) for more information.

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RESIDENTIAL RECYCLABLE MATERIALS

Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected. Recycling of common residential waste is available at the Kern Valley, McFarland-Delano, Buttonwillow, Lebec and Glennville Transfer Stations. Below is a listing of acceptable materials, recommended material preparation and recycling directions.

  • Glass Separate empty glass containers by color (clear, brown, blue/green) and place into the appropriate compartment of the drop-off bin. DO NOT place pyrex or ceramic items into glass compartments.
  • Newspaper Keep dry and clean. Do not mix with junk mail, magazines, cardboard, brown paper bags, plastic bags, or twine.
  • Junk Mail – Mixed Paper Items such as magazines, paper bags, junk mail, wrapping paper, and shredded paper are accepted.
  • Cardboard Remove all styrofoam and plastic; then break cardboard down. Keep dry and clean.
  • Plastics Find the recycling arrow on the container or plastic item. The number inside the arrow indicates the plastic type. Only #1 and #2 plastics are recyclable in the residential recycling program. Determine the plastic type, remove lids and deposit clean containers into the correct bin compartment.
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TIRE RECYCLING

Tires are accepted at most disposal sites for recycling. After reviewing the acceptance criteria below, CLICK on the Disposal Site link and choose the site you would like to use for a fee schedule. Residential properties are allowed up to four (4) light duty tires, once per year, at NO CHARGE. Fees apply for all other tires per the Disposal Fee schedule for each site. Materials ACCEPTED:

  • Light Duty Tires
  • Oversize Tires
  • Heavy Duty Tires
  • Earthmover Tires
  • Tires on Rims

Materials NOT ACCEPTED:

  • NO Bicycle Tires
  • NO Inner Tubes
  • NO Tires on dollies
  • NO Wheelbarrow tires
  • NO Wheelchair tires
  • NO Rubber Conveyor Belts

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected): It is prohibited to transport more than 9 tires without a tire hauler registration or waiver permit. For more information, contact Environmental Health at (661) 862-8700 or http://www.co.kern.ca.us/eh/

  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Tires on split rims and heavy equipment tires must be completely deflated before they can be accepted.
  • Salvaging of materials by the public is PROHIBITED.

Look in the Kern County Recycle Guide  for other recycling locations

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USED MOTOR OIL RECYCLING

Certified Used Oil Collection Centers are located at many County Solid Waste Disposal Sites for the collection of used motor oil and filters from residential & commercial sources. Handling & Acceptance Criteria for Solid Waste Disposal Sites (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected):

  • Oil can not be contaminated with any other substance.
  • 20 gallons per person/per day.
  • 5 gallon containers or smaller.
  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Up to 50 gallons can be accepted, from businesses, per month.

The KERN COUNTY SPECIAL WASTE FACILITY is also a Certified Used Oil Collection Center which accepts cleanand contaminated oil. Click on Hazardous Waste for acceptance & handling criteria for these facilities. Look in the Kern County Recycle Guide  for a list of other recycling locations

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WOOD WASTE RECYCLING

Wood waste is accepted at many County Disposal Sites for a Fee. Materials ACCEPTED:

  • Tree Trimmings
  • Christmas Trees
  • Lumber
  • Clean Wood Shingles
  • Pallets
  • Wood Furniture

Materials NOT ACCEPTED:

  • NO Trash
  • NO Loose Leaves, Grass, or Yard Rakings (see Green Waste Recycling)
  • NO Treated Wood such as telephone poles or railroad ties (see Treated Wood Waste)
  • NO Yucca, Palm, or Oleander
  • NO Materials over 6’ in length or 3’ in thickness that is difficult to break or crush.
  • NO Roots or Dirt
  • NO Commingled loads

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected):

  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Keep the furniture intact so the Gate Attendant can clearly identify the item as a piece of furniture. Lumber/wood is considered construction waste and is chargeable.
  • Salvaging of materials by the public is PROHIBITED.
  • Materials over 6′ long, that cannot be crushed into smaller pieces (3’x3’x1’) are PROHIBITED.
  • Some source-separated construction & demolition materials may be eligible for a 50% Discount. Discounts will be determined at the gate.
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TREATED WOOD WASTE

Treated Wood Waste is accepted at many Disposal Sites for a Fee. Treated wood waste in not recycled. There are QUANTITY RESTRICTIONS AT SOME LOCATIONS. Go to the Disposal Sites page to determine the acceptance criteria for each location. Materials ACCEPTED:

  • Grape Stakes
  • Fencing
  • Foundation Lumber
  • Railroad Ties
  • Utility Poles

Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria (Materials that do not meet these criteria will be rejected): Customers with large loads must contact the Department prior to disposal at (661) 862-8900.

  • Materials can not be longer than 6 feet and 3 ft wide.
  • Materials must be placed in their DESIGNATED area.
  • Unloading materials is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Information on commercial generators will be required such as business name, contact person, and telephone number.
  • Commingled loads containing more than 25% treated wood waste will be classified as such, tracked and charged accordingly.

Look in the Kern County Recycle Guide  for other locations For information on Treated Wood Waste regulations, go tohttp://www.dtsc.ca.gov/HazardousWaste/Treated_Wood_Waste.cfm

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DEAD ANIMAL WASTE

Dead Animals are accepted at many Disposal Sites for a Fee. Large and/or Multiple Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria: You MUST NOTIFY the Department at 661-862-8900 or 1-800-552-KERN, option 6 prior to bringing in large animals such horses or cows AND if you have multiple animals.

  • Animals must be DEAD before arrival and cannot be put down on site.
  • Unloading animals is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • At the BENA Landfill: Large farm animals must be received before 3pm.
  • At the SHAFTER-WASCO Landfill animals must be received before 12pm.

Small Pets Handling Instructions & Acceptance Criteria:

  • Animals must be DEAD before arrival and cannot be put down on site.
  • Animals must not be dripping or odorous.
  • Must be in a black non see-through bag.
  • Unloading animals is the RESPONSIBILITY of the customer.
  • Must be delivered to site in the morning.