About Us

For more than 32 years, the Waste Management Kettleman Hills Facility (KHF) has been an integral part of the Kings County economy and has supported valuable community projects in both Kettleman City and neighboring communitiesThe KHF team is committed to the safe disposal of California’s  hazardous wastes, and has a long-standing history of providing substantial funding and in-kind support for public health, environmental, educational and social service projects in Kettleman City.

While operating at normal capacity, the KHF provides:

  • $17.5 million each year to the local economy through payroll and purchases of goods and services from local businesses.
  • Approximately $3 million per year directly to the Kings County General Fund.
  • More than $150,000 per year in cash and in-kind support to the Kettleman City community.

Bob Henry
Senior District Manager

Bob has worked at the Kettleman Hills facility since 1988. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering management and worked as a facility engineer prior to joining Waste Management. Bob and his family are long-time residents of Lemoore. Bob is a member of the Kettleman City Foundation Board of Directors.

 

Jim Sook
District Manager

Jim manages the daily operations at the Kettleman Hills Facility. He has worked 18 years for WM and has spent 13 of those years working at Kettleman. He began as a chemist, also was an environmental engineer, lab manager, and a technical manager. Jim has a degree in biology from Pepperdine University and has been a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager since 1996.  Jim lives near Kettleman, in Hanford, with his wife and three sons.

 

Cecilio Barrera
Community Relations Manager

Cecilio Barrera joined the Waste Management team in April of 2011. Cecilio has worked with the community since he graduated from college. Most recently, he worked for the Golden State YMCA as a program director, serving all of Kings County.

Cecilio has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. Cecilio has spent almost all his life in Kings County; he grew up in Corcoran and attended local public schools. He is an active member of the community, serving as planning commissioner for the City of Corcoran and member of various community service groups. Cecilio also coached cross-country running at Corcoran High School until recently. When he is not working or volunteering, Cecilio likes to spend time with family and friends.

 

Paul Turek
Environmental Manager

Paul Turek has worked for the Kettleman Hills Facility for the past 18 years.   He started his career with Waste Management as the environmental engineer and was soon promoted to his current position as the environmental manager for the facility.  Paul and his staff are responsible for ensuring that the facility stays in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations. Paul obtained his degree in Meteorology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

When Paul is not working, he enjoys cycling, motorcycles and photography.

Contact Information

Where are Kettleman City and the Kettleman Hills Facility? 

Kettleman City, an unincorporated community of about 1,620 residents, is located just east of I-5 and the California Aqueduct in an agricultural and oil- and gas-producing region of Kings County midway between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.  State Route 41 also runs through Kettleman City.

Kettleman Hills Facility is a fully permitted, 1,600 acre hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility located 3.5 miles southwest of Kettleman City.  I-5, the California Aqueduct and a range of hills called the North Kettleman Dome run between Kettleman City and the Kettleman Hills Facility. In 2008 Waste Management applied to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to expand a hazardous waste cell from 53 to 67 acres within the facility’s existing footprint.

Kettleman Hills Facility
35251 Old Skyline Road
P.O. Box 471
Kettleman City, CA 93239

Cecilio Barrera
E-mail: cbarrera@wm.com  
Phone: (559) 309-7688

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