We are looking for applicants. Please read below and see if you qualify.
Ridgecrest Cares is a program developed to assist low and low-moderate home owners to improve their homes. It is believed that painting approximately 20 homes throughout the City will make a positive impact to the neighborhood and spark interest for other neighbors to start a clean-up and paint project themselves.
Q. Who is considered low and low-moderate? A. The application form on the link below shows the income levels – for Kern County – that qualify for this program. Proof of income as well as proof of home ownership will have to be provided if you are selected.
Q. When will the painting and clean-up take place? A. Our test home project took place in April 2007 with full implementation thereafter. The next project will be in September or October.
Q. Who will be doing the work? A. Ridgecrest Cares will have students from the Y.E.S. program and adult volunteers from the community. If you would like to volunteer, please follow the link below.
The Ridgecrest Cares Program is still accepting applications for the home owners home to be painted.
We are now accepting applications.
You can pick up your application at City Hall, The Senior Center, Homemakers, or print up the page on this website.
Then mail or drop off your application to City Hall, 100 W. California Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Click here to go to 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.
What Can I Recycle at City Hall?
City Hall will accept the following items from residents for recycling. These recycling programs have been set up in partnership with local charities/fund raising 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
Telephone Books – this is an annual event conducted in October/November after new phone books are distributed.
Community Battery Drop Off Program - It is illegal to put hazardous materials, such as batteries, in the trash. WM and the City of Ridgecrest have provided containers for residents to drop off household batteries at no charge at the following designated facilities: City Hall, Senior Center, Kerr McGee Community Center & the Chamber of Commerce.
Have questions about local trash services? Please contact Waste Management (WM) at 800-266-7551or visit www.wmridgecrest.com.
What about Construction & Demolition 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 C&D projects can be successfully diverted through recycling or reuse. Requiring C&D 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 C&D debris be diverted from the landfill for project types listed below. 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.
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 C&D material through construction and demolition dumpster services in the City limits of Ridgecrest. You can reach them at (888) 266-7511, Option 4, for Commercial Services.
Tips to Manage C&D 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 & reusable materials for sale or donation.
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The Y. E. S. program has provided opportunity for youth employment and Community Clean-Up Programs by Code Enforcement. Three individuals are working within the Public Services Department and a group of seven or more are working with Code Enforcement with respect to the Community Clean Ups.
Please check back for the next Community Clean-Up event.
Residents of the targeted area are encouraged to bring unwanted materials to the central site ( Desert area next to Upjohn Park ) where they will be sorted for removal. Residents are also encouraged to participate by cleaning up their own yards, easements and vacant parcels.
If you would like to volunteer to assist please contact Public Services Dept @ 760-499-5062.