Year-around options include taking your Christmas Tree to the Mount Vernon Green Waste Facility, or to the landfill for recycling. Please tarp or cover your load properly to avoid paying an Untarped/Unsecured Load fee of a minimum of $5.00 per load. In addition there are several organizations in Kern County that pick up Christmas trees for a small donation, CLICK HERE for contact information. Residents can help make this process easier by removing all ornaments, lights, and the tree stand prior to recycling the Christmas tree.
“Kern County has been recycling Christmas trees for over 21 years and now it’s easier than ever to participate in the program” says Douglas E. Landon, Director of the Kern County Waste Management Department. “Some communities such as Lake Isabella use whole trees in wildlife habitat improvement projects by sinking them into the lake as a haven for small fish.”
Approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year. After Christmas, thousands of Christmas trees will be sliced, minced and diced into a rich mulch to be used by city parks, schoolyards and roadways. and weed control in parks, as ground padding in playgrounds, as erosion/dust control on hiking trails and bridle paths, as additives in composting for landscaping and fertilizers and as alternative fuel in "biomass" co-generation facilities.
So, what are you waiting for – GO GREEN – RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE. You can do it at home by using your Green Waste Container, call a local organization and they will pick it up, or bring it to one of the recycling drop-off locations. REMEMBER ..SAVE YOUR CASH & TARP YOUR TRASH!
CLICK HERE for the Press Release which includes the Kern County Recycling Locations & Pickup organizations.
All Kern County landfills and transfer stations will be closed Thursday, November 28, 2013, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. “We recognize that people clean up around their yards and home during the holiday and we want to get the out the word that landfills, transfer stations, Special Waste Facility and the City of Bakersfield Green Waste Facility will be closed on Thanksgiving Day,” says Doug Landon, Director of the Kern County Waste Management Department.
The Boron Sanitary Landfill will be open on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, the Lebec Transfer Station will be open on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and the McFarland-Delano Transfer Station will be open on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm to provide the services that are normally scheduled on Thursday. All other disposal sites will resume to their normal operating hours. For information about changes to garbage pick-up days contact your area garbage collection company. Thanksgiving 2013 .
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