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By reimagining the way we handle waste, we can generate change.

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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.

Reimagine Trash News

Renovation & Construction Waste Is Mounting!

Renovation, Construction & Demolition Waste Is Filling Landfills Faster Than You Think Thinking about renovating your kitchen? Is it time to replace your old deck? Do you need to replace your roof? As you’re planning your next home improvement project, don’t...

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The Cost of Recycling

Dear Resident, You may receive a notice from your recycling service provider explaining that the cost for your curbside recycling service will be increasing. The Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) has operated the Kent County Recycling & Education Center...

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Resolve to recycle more in 2019  

The new year is quickly approaching, which means many people are setting goals to go to the gym more, eat healthier or learn a new skill. One resolution our team at the Kent County Department of Public Works hopes you’ll consider in 2019 is to recycle more and reduce...

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ArtPrize Decon+Reuse Award

Abiding in the Shadow, on display at Amway Grand Plaza for the duration of ArtPrize Kent County DPW hosted the national Building Materials Reuse Association conference, September 19-21, 2018, and since it was the kickoff week for ArtPrize, we put together a cool map...

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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.