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Kent County encourages residents to safely dispose of unused hazardous materials during National Poison Prevention Week
SafeHomes programs offer safe solutions for disposing of hazardous materials for Kent County residents Grand Rapids, Mich. – National Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23 and Kent County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) and (the Kent County) Health Department...read more
The Kent County Department of Public Works and The Right Place begin strategic partnership for Sustainable Business Park
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH (3/7/19): The Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) and The Right Place, Inc. have announced a multi-year strategic partnership for the planning and development of the Kent County Sustainable Business Park. Under the terms of the three-year...read more
The Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) announced enhancements to department educational programs with the hire of Katelyn Nettler as a new resource recovery specialist. Lauren Westerman, also a resource recovery specialist, recently earned her environmental...read more
Due to the predicted extreme weather conditions, all Kent County offices and courts (Probate, 17th Circuit Court and 63rd District Court) will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31. Certain functions will remain open for critical operations such as the...read more
“Kondo’ing” Your Life? Here’s How to Donate or Recycle Your Old Stuff If you’ve been watching the Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” you’ve probably felt inspired to clean out your closets, determine which items “spark joy” and dispose of everything else....read more
Due to deteriorating weather conditions, all Kent County administrative staff will be sent home today (Monday, January 28) at 2:00 p.m. This will allow our employees time to return safely to their homes and allow our crews to clear the roads. Certain functions will...read more
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.