SafeChem


Use Kent County’s SafeChem household hazardous waste program to safely dispose of left-over chemicals.

Hazardous Waste (items that fit any one or combination of the characteristics to the right) can be dangerous to the health of people, pets, and the environment if disposed of improperly.

Improper disposal of Hazardous Waste includes but isn’t limited to:

  • Flushing it down the drain
  • Tipping it onto the ground
  • Spilling it into waterways
  • Putting it in the trash or recycling bin

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

A product is considered hazardous if it has one or more of the following properties:

  • Toxic – poisonous or lethal when ingested, touched or inhaled;
  • Flammable – ignitable and burns easily;
  • Corrosive – eats through materials & living tissue; or
  • Reactive – can possibly explode or react with other chemicals.

In this case, Kent County Department of Public Works’ SafeChem Program is collecting (for FREE) and either recycling or sustainably disposing of hazardous waste from households or residential homes.

What Materials Does
SafeChem Accept?

What Is Accepted

Home & Garden Products
Garage & Automotive Materials
Workshop & Painting Supplies
And much more!

What Is NOT Accepted

Latex Paint (click here for disposal)
Refillable Propane Tanks
Needles or Syringes
Pharmaceutical Medications
Empty household hazardous waste cans, jugs, or containers

SafeChem Drop-Off Locations & Hours

Stop by one of our four convenient disposal sites on the days/times listed below for each location — no appointments necessary!

Hazardous waste should be from homes, not businesses, farms, or schools.
Please look in our FAQ for resources on disposing hazardous waste from your business, school, or farm.

If you have a large amount of HHW that you want to bring, please review our instructions in the FAQ section.

1500 Scribner Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
November-March, Wednesdays: 8:00am-10:00am
April-October, Wednesdays: 7:30am-11:30am
Holiday hours may differ

5068 Breton SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
November-March, Tuesdays: 2:30pm-4:30pm
April-October, Tuesdays: 1:30pm-5:30pm
Holiday hours may differ

The SafeChem program at this location will remain open after the closure of the Kentwood satellite recycling-drop off

2908 Ten Mile, Rockford, MI 49341
November-March, Fridays: 8:30am-10:30am
April-October, Fridays: 8:30am-11:30am
Holiday hours may differ

2350 Ivanrest Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
Mondays: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Thursdays: 7:00am-9:00am
Holiday hours may differ

Summer 2019 Schedule Pending!

Collection Center Closings

Kent County makes every effort to make the hazardous waste centers available on the scheduled days and times. There are times that weather, training or other events force us to shut down, sometimes unexpectedly. Kent County reserves the right to close the hazardous waste collection centers due to severe weather including wind chill, heat advisory and lightning; staff training; or other reasons at their discretion. If the local school district is closed due to a weather emergency, the hazardous waste center in that district is also closed.

Closures will be posted on this website and on the automated phone system at 616-632-7920.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be Hazardous?

A product is considered hazardous if it has one or more of the following properties:

  • Toxic – poisonous or lethal when ingested, touched or inhaled;
  • Flammable – ignitable and burns easily;
  • Corrosive – eats through materials & living tissue; or
  • Reactive – can possibly explode or react with other chemicals.
Why take your items to the household hazardous waste program?
  • Most landfills are not equipped to handle hazardous materials;
  • Chemicals thrown in regular trash or recycling can cause fires or explosions, endangering sanitation workers and damaging equipment;
  • Oil, gas and other chemicals will cause pollution when dumped down the drain or spilled into the environment; and
  • Human, pets, wildlife, and plants can become sick when in contact with these chemicals.
What happens to the materials we collect?

We store hazardous products in drums in these divided sheds build specifically for hazardous materials. Each section safely stores corrosive products, poisons and flammable liquids. A fire suppression system is installed in each container in case a spark or chemical reaction causes a fire. We hold materials until our contractor picks up the material which will then be recycled if possible or safely disposed of in facilities specially designed for hazardous waste.

How much does it cost to drop-off Hazardous Waste at a SafeChem location?

The SafeChem program is FREE to all Kent County residents as it is paid for by the Kent County Solid Waste Management Ordinance!

What qualifies as a "large amount" of Household Hazardous Waste?

If you have a large amount of household hazardous waste–meaning…

  • More than 6 moving boxes of hazardous waste
  • Or more than 20 gallons of hazardous waste

…to drop-off at one of our SafeChem Locations, please email us (recycle@kentcountymi.gov) or call us (616-295-1121) to ensure that we are prepared with enough staff and equipment to take all of your hazardous waste.

Where can businesses, schools, or farms dispose of their Hazardous Waste?

Businesses, schools, and farms cannot dispose of their hazardous waste through Kent County’s Department of Public Works’ SafeChem Program due State of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), formally the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), manifesting and shipping requirements.

Instead, we encourage your organization to seek proper hazardous waste disposal through a commercial or industrial hazardous waste contractor. Below are a few industrial hazardous waste resources for businesses, schools, and farms to utilize:

You don't accept latex paint...so how or where do I get rid of it?

If you are unable to use up or give away your leftover latex paint, you can click here to follow the instructions for drying it out and disposing of Latex Paint.

What do I do with my empty containers that once held hazardous waste?

If your container is completely empty or contains only minimal residue and cannot be rinsed, please place the container in the trash.

If your container is still partially full or contains significant residue, please stop by the SafeChem location for proper disposal.

Kentwood Public Works Facility

Behind Public Works building.

Kent County DPW Administrative Offices

North lot, near Scribner & Richmond.

North Kent Recycle & Waste Center

Wyoming Clean Water Plant

Stop at the office upon arrival, for additional information call (616) 261-3564.

How Do I Dispose of:

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