Administrative Offices

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
DPW Holiday Hours

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.

Mission Statement

Our Vision:
Implement sustainable materials management strategies to reduce dependency on landfill disposal.

Our Mission:
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.

Our Values:

  • 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.

Board Members

Theodore Vonk, Chair
4122 Boulder Meadow
Belmont, MI 49306
(616) 874-2604

Emily Brieve, Vice Chair
7438 Missoula Dr. SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
(616) 502-5010

Ken Yonker, Secretary
Kent County Drain Commissioner
(by virtue of office)
1500 Scribner Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

David Bulkowski
322 Woodmere SE
Grand Rapids MI 49506
(616) 560-2293

Phill Skaggs
2615 Hall Street SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: (616) 446-2280

Cynthia Janes
(appointed by Road Commission)
624 Cascade Hills Hollow SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: 616-914-6901

Tom Antor
9341 Laubach
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 14, 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

Date Agenda Minutes
1-10-2019 Agenda Minutes
2-14-2019 Agenda Minutes
3-7-2019 Agenda Minutes
4-4-2019 Agenda Minutes
5-2-2019 Agenda Minutes
6-6-2019 Agenda Minutes
8-1-2019 Agenda Minutes
9-5-2019 Agenda  
Date Agenda Minutes
1-4-2018 Agenda Minutes
2-1-2018 Agenda Minutes
3-1-2018 Agenda Minutes
4-12-2018 Agenda Minutes
5-03-2018 Agenda
6-07-2018 Agenda Minutes
08-02-2018 Agenda Minutes
09-06-2018 Agenda Minutes
10-04-2018 Agenda Minutes
11-01-2018 Agenda Minutes
12-17-2018 Agenda Minutes
Date Agenda Minutes
12-7-2017 Agenda Minutes
11-2-2017 Agenda Minutes
10-5-2017 Agenda Minutes
9-7-2017 Agenda Minutes
8-3-2017 Agenda Minutes
7-6-2017 Cancelled Cancelled
6-1-2017 Agenda Minutes
5-4-2017 Agenda Minutes
4-6-2017 Agenda Minutes
3-14-2017* Agenda Minutes
3-2-2017 Cancelled Cancelled
2-2-2017 Agenda Minutes
1-5-2017 Agenda Minutes
12-1-2016 Agenda Minutes
11-10-2016 Agenda Minutes
10-6-2016 Agenda Minutes
9-7-2016 Agenda Minutes
8-4-2016 Agenda Minutes
6-16-2016 Agenda Minutes
6-2-2016 Agenda Minutes
5-5-2016 Agenda Minutes
4-7-2016 Agenda Minutes
3-3-2016 Agenda Minutes
2-4-2016 Agenda Minutes
1-7-2016 Agenda Minutes
12-3-2015 Agenda Minutes
11-05-2015 Agenda Minutes
10-1-2015 Agenda Minutes
9-3-2015 Agenda Minutes
8-6-2015 Agenda Minutes
6-4-2015 Agenda Minutes
5-7-2015 Agenda Minutes
4-2-2015 Agenda Minutes
3-5-2015 Agenda Minutes
2-5-2015 Agenda Minutes
1-8-2015 Agenda Minutes
11-6-2014 Agenda Minutes
10-2-2014 Agenda Minutes
9-4-2014 Agenda Minutes
8-7-2014 Agenda Minutes
6-5-2014 Agenda Minutes
5-1-2014 Agenda Minutes
4-3-2014 Agenda Minutes
3-6-2014 Agenda Minutes
2-6-2014 Agenda Minutes
1-9-2014 Agenda Minutes
12-5-2013 Agenda Minutes
11-5-2013 Agenda Minutes
10-3-2013 Agenda Minutes
08-01-2013 Agenda Minutes
06-06-2013 Agenda Minutes
05-16-2013 Agenda Minutes
05-02-2013 Agenda Minutes
04-04-2013 Agenda Minutes
03-07-2013 Agenda Minutes
02-07-2013 Agenda Minutes
01-09-2013 Agenda Minutes
12-06-2012 Agenda Minutes
11-01-2012 Agenda Minutes
10-04-2012 Agenda Minutes
09-06-2012 Agenda Minutes
08-02-2012 Agenda Minutes
06-07-2012 Agenda Minutes
05-03-2012 Agenda Minutes
04-05-2012 Agenda Minutes
03-15-2012 Agenda Minutes
03-01-2012 Agenda Minutes
02-02-2012 Agenda Minutes
01-05-2012 Agenda Minutes

Strategic Goals

  • 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.

Operational Goals

  • 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
    Education Center
  • 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

Selected Performance Measures (PDF) »