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By reimagining the way we handle waste, we can generate change.

What we throw away in West Michigan:

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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

Kent County 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...

Sorting Out Your Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning? We Can Help you Sort Through It! By: Morgan Kelley, WMEAC intern You may be wondering, “Should I just toss these old plastic gardening containers in the trash?” or “What should I do with this old, broken hose and my bags of yard clippings?” The Kent...

Summer hours in effect at SafeChem!

Summer SafeChem hours start April 1! Bring in your household hazardous waste to any of these locations. You do not need an appointment, just stop by during the open hours listed below. Please note: SafeChem will be closed on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor...

Facts About the Kent County Recycling & Education Center

TONS RECYCLED PER HOUR

HOURS PER DAY PROCESSING RECYCLABLES

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