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A. Adequate and proper discarded materials management must be instituted and maintained by the city for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare, and to comply with applicable laws and regulations related to waste diversion and discarded materials management.

B. The council of the city of Bakersfield finds that to give practical effect to this policy, a comprehensive system for the management of solid waste including periodic collection, removal, processing, and disposal of discarded materials from all places and premises within the city is essential and to accomplish this purpose for the best interest and welfare of all the inhabitants of the city and for the general benefit of the community at large, it is necessary to provide that such services should be paid for directly by the owner and/or occupant of all uses of property in the city, and therefore, all such owners and/or occupants are made liable for the charges set by the city council.

C. Every such owner and/or occupant shall pay such charges whether or not they use discarded materials services in all cases where such requirement is lawful. (Ord. 5076 § 1, 2022; Ord. 3939 § 1, 1999; Ord. 3604 § 1, 1994)