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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

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,...

SafeChem Winter Hours Begin This Week

New winter SafeChem hours start this week! From November through March location hours are as follows: Kentwood @ 5068 Breton Rd. SE Open Tuesdays 2:30pm - 4:30pm Grand Rapids @ 1500 Scribner Ave NW Open Wednesdays 8:00am - 10:00am Rockford @ 2908 Ten Mile Rd. NE Open...

Imagine Craft Days @ the Recycling Center!

What time is it? SUMMER TIME! School's out and you may be looking for some fun activities to do with your kids. Come to our IMAGINE CRAFT Days at the Recycling and Education Center every Monday afternoon during the summer! The fun doesn't end there, though. We host...

Safe Disposal of Propane Tanks

In light of the incident last week (June 22,2017) at the Kent County Recycling & Education Center (description below), the Department of Public Works will offer free drop-off of single-use compressed gas tanks through the summer at two of its disposal locations: South...

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.