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

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



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



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



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

Reimagine Trash News

Kent County Schools Go Green for Earth Day!

Twenty-eight schools across Kent County have been awarded with Michigan Green School certification in anticipation of Earth Day, celebrated April 22nd each year. The schools participated in activities to learn about environmental topics, act on what they learned by...

Residential Water Testing near Sparta Landfill

Kent County DPW sampled residential water wells at the eight homes adjacent to the closed Sparta Landfill in mid-February of this year. All laboratory results have been received and the residents have been notified of their results. All eight wells were found to have...

Update: Water Testing at North Kent Landfill

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) requested that the Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) evaluate and test groundwater from up to 46 properties along Belmont Avenue and Montana Trail to the west, and along House Street, House Court,...

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.