Kern County Trash and Recycling Schedules



Kern County is located in California’s Central Valley and encompasses a large area with diverse cities, communities, and unincorporated regions. As such, trash and recycling services vary across the county. This article provides an overview of trash and recycling schedules and services in Kern County’s major cities as well as unincorporated areas.

City of Bakersfield

Bakersfield is the largest city in Kern County with a population of over 380,000 residents. Trash and recycling services in Bakersfield are provided by the city through a contract with American Refuse.

The regular trash pickup schedule in Bakersfield is as follows:

  • Residential trash is collected weekly on your designated collection day. Find your collection day by searching your address here.

  • Commercial trash is collected 1-6 times per week depending on your service level.

  • Bulky items are collected on the 2nd collection day of the month.

Recycling is collected every other week on your designated recycling day. Check your collection schedule [here](


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