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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

North Kent Landfill Water Testing

The Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) began discussions with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) in November regarding tannery waste disposed at the North Kent (Ten Mile) Landfill in the 1980’s. Disposal of tannery waste at the...

Recycling Center Temporarily Closed for Upgrades

All I want for Christmas is to recycle my cartons, to recycle my cartons, to recycle my cartons....  Kent County DPW is excited to announce that we'll be able to recycle cartons in time for your Christmas and New Year's feasts! Milk cartons, juice boxes, soup boxes,...

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.