By Jake Lee Green
Kern Valley Sun
As of October 1 Kern County Public Works staff took over the services at the transfer station which had formerly been under operation by Sierra Waste Transfer, Inc. The company was formed within Thomas Refuse through a request for proposal process and was awarded the contract for operations in 1995. The company had been operating the Kern Valley Transfer Station since its opening in June of 1997 at the former Kern Valley Sanitary Landfill which had been slated to close due to concerns over environmental issues.
The contract with the county expired October 1 and due to much of the new mandates from the State of California the director of the Kern County Public Works made the decision to take over management of the transfer station. The public works operates eight of nine transfer stations in Kern County. Public works manager Lisa Shreder says the responsibilities of the transfer station are in the best interest of Kern County residents.
With over 100 residents of the Kern River Valley utilizing the services of the station daily, not much will change according to Shreder. Of the 300 tons of solid waste that is sorted and disposed of Shreder says recycling will be the biggest change with the intention to increase the numbers of recycling at all of the nine transfer stations. Thomas Refuse was contacted and declined to comment.