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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

5 Common Myths About Recycling in Kent County

In recent months, you’ve likely heard conflicting news reports and uncertainty about the future of recycling. While the state of recycling is changing around the world, we wanted to make sure you had accurate and up-to-date information about recycling efforts in Kent...

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Kent County urges U.S. Senate to support recycling

On Monday, May 13, Kent County Department of Public Works Director Dar Baas traveled to Washington DC to speak to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Staff about the current crisis impacting recycling markets. Director Baas provided information on...

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Kentwood Recycling Drop-Off Station to close June 30

The Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced the Kentwood recycling drop-off station located at the Kentwood Public Works Facility will close June 30. “With improved access to curbside recycling in southern Kent County over the past decade and...

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Kent County DPW helps Ford Airport recycle more!

The next time you travel you may notice new recycling bins throughout the airport terminal facility, an effort to create an even more environmentally friendly space at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA). Working with Kent County DPW, GFIA placed 20 new...

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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.