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OUR GOAL: REDUCE LANDFILL WASTE 20% by 2020 and 90% by 2030.

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MEDICAL WASTE

Flushing or throwing away prescription drugs presents dangers by seeping into waterways.

Electronics

ELECTRONICS

Small electronics can be recycled to divert potentially hazardous substances from the landfill.

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APPLIANCES

Metal can be salvaged from your refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer and other large appliances.

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BATTERIES

Utilize one of our partner battery drop-off sites that accept rechargeable batteries for recycling.

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Stay safe and sustainable this holiday season

Stay safe and sustainable this holiday season

This holiday season will surely look a little different, but it’s likely people will still have more waste than usual to get rid of after holiday shopping and shipping, preparing food and opening presents. Americans throw out 25 percent more trash during the period...

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Veteran’s Day program and facility hours

Veteran’s Day program and facility hours

HOLIDAY – facility & program hours may differ today! Wednesday, November 11th, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM Veterans’ Day Wednesday, November 11, 2020 ALL DISPOSAL FACILITIES OPEN Administration CLOSED SafeChem Program CLOSED See the 2020 Kent County Department of Public Works...

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Kent County Recycling Program Now Accepting Paper Cups

Media Resources | Paper Cups Resource Page FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 Kristen Wieland, Communications & Marketing Manager, (616) 632-7923 Kent County Recycling Program Now Accepting Paper Cups  County increases number of Michigan municipalities...

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Why is contamination bad for recycling?

Amanda, our shared Zero-Waste intern with West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC), shares her experience with the City of Grand Rapids' Feet on the Street Campaign and how contamination affects the rest of the recycling process, including the sorting,...

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BPW November meeting notice

BPW November meeting notice

Kent County Board of Public Works Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, November 5, 2020 @ 8:30am Notice regarding electronic participation: Pursuant to mcl 15.263a(1)(a), the Board of Public Works will conduct its meeting via electronic communications to protect the public...

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Facts About Kent County Department of Public Works

The Waste to Energy Facility generates enough energy to continually power all the households in City of Walker.

DPW facilities recycle over 4,000 tons of steel every year, nearly enough to build the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

The SafeChem program safely disposed of 152,800 pounds of chemicals from homes.

The methane captured at South Kent Landfill generates enough energy to power nearly 2,500 households.