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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.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours for DPW

All Kent County Department of Public Works facilities, programs and services will be closed on Thursday, November 22. We'll reopen according to this schedule: North Kent Transfer Station will reopen for normal business on Friday, November 23. This includes our...

6 Helpful Tips for Reducing Holiday Waste

The holiday season is here, which means it’s time for family gatherings, holiday parties and gift giving. While it’s a time for celebration and relaxation, it’s also an important time for reflection about the things we care for, including the environment. It’s...

The Cost of Recycling

October 5, 2018 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 &...

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...

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.