Recycling & Diversion

Have questions about local trash and recycling services? Please contact Waste Management (WM) at 760-463-6024.


City Hall will accept the following items from residents for recycling, these recycling programs have been set up in partnership with local charities/fundraising groups:

  • Cans and Bottles - bring your cans and bottles into the foyer of City Hall. Bins are provided - this program is in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity.
  • Soda Tabs - bring your soda tabs into the foyer of City Hall. Bins are provided - this program is in partnership with the Lions Club of Ridgecrest.

Waste Management Newsletter:

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Where to Take Recyclables

  • Dave Pearsons Recycling Center - Cardboard Accepted (No Paper)
    1536 N Mahan
    Ridgecrest, CA 93555
    Phone: 760-446-0449
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Golden Empire Salvage
    811 E Ridgecrest Boulevard
    Ridgecrest, CA 93555
    Phone: 760-371-4406
  • Ridgecrest Landfill
    3301 Bowman Road
    Ridgecrest, CA 93555
    Phone: 800-552-KERN (5376), ext. 6

Visit the Kern County Waste Management Department website for information on County programs and facilities (such as Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events, Used Motor Oil Recycling) and to view the Kern County Recycling Guide. Ridgecrest Landfill accepts paper for recycling - no magazines, junk mail or office paper.


Commercial Recycling and Organics Recycling programs information is available on the Waste Management website.

Construction & Demolition (CD) Debris

The City of Ridgecrest is required by State Law to divert a minimum of 50% of its waste from landfills. Many materials generated from CD projects can be successfully diverted through recycling or reuse. Requiring CD debris recycling as a condition of building permits helps the City to comply with State Law. The City requires 100% of inert solids and at least 50% (by weight) of the remaining CD debris be diverted from the landfill for project types listed. 

A waste management plan (format provided) must be submitted to the Building Official prior to the issuance of a building permit. Additionally, to obtain final approval for the project, the applicant must document CALGreen compliance within 30 days of project completion by submitting all recycling/disposal facility receipts.

Waste Management

To help meet this requirement, the City has a franchise agreement for solid waste handling and recycling with Waste Management. WM can assist applicants in diverting CD material through construction and demolition dumpster services in the City limits of Ridgecrest. You can reach them at 888-266-7511, ext. 4 for Commercial Services.

Tips to Manage CD Material at the Job Site

  • Determine recycling, salvage, reuse and disposal options before the job begins.
  • Consider deconstruction instead of mechanical demolition.
  • Reuse materials such as fixtures and doors.
  • Donate materials that can be reused to charities or nonprofit agencies.
  • Educate contractors regarding your waste management plan.
  • Clearly identify recycling areas with large signs.
  • Place recycling bins in areas that will minimize misuse or contamination by the employees and the public.
  • Place advertisements in local newspapers announcing salvageable and reusable materials for sale or donation.