Waste from the Keene transfer station ends up at the Tehachapi Recycling Facility, said Aurora Rush, special projects manager with Kern County Waste Management Department. There, the waste stream goes on a conveyer belt, and recyclables are pulled out through a variety of methods, including hand picking. Waste from the trash truck comes in and anything that can be recycled -- plastics, aluminum, glass, cardboard -- is pulled out. That's different from Bakersfield, where facilities receive and sort "clean" recycling from residents' blue bins that isn't mixed with trash. If Bakersfield residents don't use the blue recycling bins, their regular trash goes directly to the landfill.

Aurora Rush, special projects manager with Kern County Waste Management Department