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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

2022 Waste Disposal and Recycling Rates

The 2022 Rate Schedule was approved by the Board of Public Works at their October board meeting. Rate changes reflect increasing costs, commodity markets and planned facility refurbishments and will take effect January 2, 2022. In brief, the changes are as follows:...

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Report Highlights Need for Food Waste Processing

Report Highlights Need for Food Waste Processing

Grand Rapids, MI – A new report sponsored by the Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) details the status of organic waste management in West Michigan and explores future strategies to manage organic materials – the largest single category of material in...

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$4M State Appropriation Supports Sustainable Business Park

$4M State Appropriation Supports Sustainable Business Park

Appropriation will support infrastructure development to avoid new landfill construction GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A $4 million appropriation in the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) budget will support necessary infrastructure improvements...

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Digging into the Post-Sort

Digging into the Post-Sort

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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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.