Household hazardous waste to be collected Sept. 14, 28

Kern County has announced its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection to take place in Ridgecrest on two Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 28, at the local landfill, 3301 W. Bowman Rd. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is open to Kern County residents only.

“These drive-up events are for residential waste only,” said a spokesperson. “No commercial or business waste will be accepted.”

Residential hazardous wastes include 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, some personal hygiene products, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, pet care products, paint products, photographic chemicals, swimming pool chemicals and automotive products and fluids. Even products purchased at the store can still be harmful.

The county recommended that residents follow these safety guidelines:

•Transport no more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of waste per trip and no more than 5 gallons per single container.

• Make sure containers are not leaking and are properly labeled.

• Do not mix materials.

•Keep wastes separated and away from passengers.

To learn more see kernpublicworks.com/hazardous-waste.

Story First Published: 2019-08-30