Recycling & Education Center

The primary materials recovery facility for residential recyclables generated in homes throughout West Michigan.


Processing Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm; Closed Saturday & Sunday
DPW Holiday Hours

Self-guided Tours:

Monday, 1:00pm-5:00pm; DPW Holiday Hours

Public Recycling & Electronics Drop-off Station

Monday-Friday: 7:00am – 5:00pm; Closed Saturday & Sunday
DPW Holiday Hours

see what’s accepted for residential and electronics recycling. Note: this site does not accept CRT devices for recycling.


(616) 632-7920


977 Wealthy SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Kent County’s Recycling & Education Center serves as the primary materials recovery facility for residential recyclables generated in homes throughout West Michigan. A materials recovery facility, or MRF (murf), is a processing facility where recycling from curbside bins and drop-off recycling centers is sorted and prepared to be sold to processors and end-users. Nearly 58 million pounds of recyclables were delivered to the facility in 2017. These materials were put back into our economy as feedstock for new products like cereal boxes, glass bottles, toys, packaging, clothing, park benches and more.

Kent County has education staff that promote recycling and activities that minimize waste. The Resource Recovery Program educate residents about recycling and waste and offer resources that will assist residents in safe disposal options for discards that are mindful of environmental impacts. These staff members also provide tours at the Recycling & Education Center and other solid waste facilities operated by the Kent County Department of Public Works.

After Hours Service Fee

After closing hours we refuse the admittance of any additional customers. Customers that remain on the premises and are not done dumping by our closing time, a surcharge will be added to the tipping fee. This will cover all extra manpower and equipment costs that are incurred by the Department of Public Works. This is our policy and we can make NO EXCEPTIONS. The surcharge fees are currently as follows:

Up to 15 minutes = $45
16-30 minutes = $90
31-45 minutes = $135
46-60 minutes = $180
For each additional unit time increment add $45.

2019 Service Fees

Terms of payment: cash, check, or credit card. Additional 3% convenience fee added when using a credit card. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover only.

By Material Rate Per Ton

Kent County-Generated Recyclables


Non-Kent County-Generated Recyclables


Transfer Trailers


The service fee at the Recycling & Education Center is charged to commercial haulers and those with service contracts who bring bulk recyclables over the scale and deposit them directly on the processing floor. Residents utilizing recycling drop-off stations for small quantities of recyclables are not charged a service fee at this time. To inquire about a service contract at this facility, please call 616.632.7920 and speak to the Recycling Manager.

For more information about the cost of recycling, read here

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