West Side residents are urged to recycle their Christmas trees to put them to good use and keep them out of the landfills.
Trees can be dropped off at the Taft Landfill, 13351 Elk Hills Road, 4 miles north of Taft 1 mile north of Hwy 119 or at Westside Waste Managment, 274 E. Cedar Street. .
Residents in Taft, Ford City, South taft and taft Heights can alos set their trees in the alley behind their homes for pickuup.
The Taft sites are just two of 24 drop-off locations throughout Kern County from tha will be open from Dec. 26 to January 12.
In the metro-Bakersfield area, residents can place Christmas Trees into their green waste container as long as the tree is cut into small pieces and the container lid is completely closed. Whole trees are not accepted. The garbage hauler will take it to the Mount Vernon Green Waste Recycling Facility.
Other options include taking trees 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 per load.
In addition there are several organizations in Kern County that pick-up Christmas trees for a small donation, check your local newspaper for contact information or go to KernCountyWaste.com. 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.
Approximately 25 to 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.: Christmas trees are chipped and shredded into mulch which is used for water conservation 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.