1500 Scribner NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: (616) 632-7920
Fax: (616) 632-7925
1500 Scribner NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Monday-Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm; Holiday hours may differ
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is an enterprise fund of Kent County established by the Board of Commissioners to provide solid waste management services to Kent County. The DPW is considered an agency of the County under the general control of the Kent County Board of Commissioners and under the immediate control of the Board of Public Works.
Implement sustainable materials management strategies to reduce dependency on landfill disposal.
Foster collaborative and innovative solutions that deliver value to our stakeholders by managing discarded materials to conserve natural resources and promote a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community.
- Employees are our most valuable resource and essential in delivering our mission.
- Visitors, customers and employees will receive prompt, courteous service that exceeds expectations.
- We will be innovative in our thinking, thoughtful in our planning and efficient in our execution.
- Community leadership, transparency and public-private partnerships drive our business decisions.
- We are committed to fostering a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity. We believe that our unique differences enrich and empower the lives of all and we will work collaboratively to achieve common goals.
- We will not compromise on safety or environmental compliance.
- We consider today’s actions for tomorrow’s benefit.
Adopted by the Board of Public Works on August 6, 2015
Board of Public Works
The Kent County Department of Public Works and Board of Public Works were created by the Kent County Board of Commissioners, as authorized by Public Act 185. The Department of Public Works is considered an agency of the County under the general control of the Kent County Board of Commissioners and under the immediate control of the Board of Public Works. The Kent County Board of Commissioners appoints the 7 member Board of Public Works members, made up of 5 elected County Commissioners, the elected Drain Commissioner and a Road Commissioner.
Theodore Vonk, Chair
4122 Boulder Meadow
Belmont, MI 49306
Emily Brieve, Vice Chair
7438 Missoula Dr. SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
Ken Yonker, Secretary
Kent County Drain Commissioner
(by virtue of office)
1500 Scribner Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
322 Woodmere SE
Grand Rapids MI 49506
2615 Hall Street SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: (616) 446-2280
(appointed by Road Commission)
624 Cascade Hills Hollow SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Sparta, MI 49345
Phone: (616) 887-7210
2019 Meeting Schedule
The Board meets on the first Thursday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the Kent County Road Commission Board Room:
January 10, 2019
February 7, 2019
March 7, 2019
April 4, 2019
May 2, 2019
June 6, 2019
August 1, 2019
September 5, 2019
October 3, 2019
November 7, 2019*
December 5, 2019*
*Meeting is held at 9:30 am, Kent County Administration Building, Room 311, 3rd Floor
Agenda & Minutes
- Develop and implement a strategy for sustainable solid waste management, processing, and recycling services
- Budget and operate without the use of Kent County General Fund support
- Participate in the economic development and planning efforts of the region
- Implement approved Solid Waste Management Plan goals and objectives that include expanded solid waste recovery prior to disposal in recycling
services and systems
- Expand South Kent Landfill capacity with initial priority on ash monofill requirements;
- Explore the most economical avenue to expand the hours of operation at the Recycling and Education Center
- Provide clean energy through the production of electricity at the Waste-to-Energy Facility and the South Kent Landfill Gas-to- Energy plant
- Install a landfill gas collection system at the Kentwood Landfill.
- Ensure availability of long-term disposal services and transfer capacity for
Kent County residents
- Operate disposal and transfer facilities in compliance with license and
- Accept and process increased curb side recycling tonnage at the Recycling
- Expand participation through a comprehensive educational and advertising program. (HHW)
- Process 26,000 tons in the new single stream recycling facility
- Accept all solid waste delivered and process solid waste for energy recovery or transfer in a cost effective and
environmentally responsible manner
- Maintain Clean Corporate Citizen certification