South Kent Recycling & Waste Center

Receives municipal solid waste from waste haulers and individuals and incinerator ash from the WTE Facility.

Operating Hours

Monday – Friday: 7:30am – Exactly 5:00 pm
Saturday: 7:30am-3:30pm
Sunday: Closed


Individuals disposing of waste after operating hours may be subject to
After Hours Service Fee.

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.


(616) 632-7920


10300 South Kent Dr. SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

Mailing Address

Kent County DPW
P.O. Box 2504
Grand Rapids, MI 49501


2020 Disposal Fees

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

Prohibited Items
By Material Rate Per Ton
South Kent Landfill General Refuse $38.64
Note: General Refuse rate includes Environmental & Safety Fee of $0.50, Michigan Surcharge of $0.36 and Kent County Solid Waste Surcharge of $1.68. Kent County Solid Waste Surcharge ($1.68) does not apply to out-of-county waste.


By Unit Minimum Charge*
Car load – trunk only $20.00
Pickup, van or SUV load $30.00
Trailer load (nothing in vehicle) $30.00
Car and trailer loaded $40.00
Truck and trailer loaded $50.00
Mattress or Box Spring (each) $10.00
Tires (up to 42” diameter) $4.00 each
Large Tires (over 42 – 50” diameter) $6.00 each
By the Ton – Tires must be cut in two pieces (half) for disposal $69.00/ton

Compressed Gas (Propane & Helium) Tanks

Tanks (1 lb) Free
Tanks (5-20 lb) $3.00 each
Tanks (larger than 20 lb) $25.00 each
Appliances (with & without Freon)
All contents must be removed prior to acceptance.
$20.00 each
Electronics (list of acceptable items) Free
(except CRT monitors, see below)
Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) TVs & monitors have recycling fees:
(rear-projection TVs and Computers)


Kent County resident, 27″ or smaller $20.00
Kent County resident, greater than 27″ $40.00
Non-Kent County resident, 27″ or smaller $30.00
Non-Kent County resident, greater than 27″ $50.00
All electronics must have all cases and wiring intact or they will not be accepted.
Bulky Items (list of bulky items)
Dead Animals (more information)
Trees & Stumps (Yard waste as defined by PA 451 are prohibited) $75.00/ton
Large Tanks (Any bulk tanks generally 250 gallons or more) $75.00/ton
Troublesome Plastics (list of troublesome plastics)
Gross Vehicle Weight (Secretary of State) $12.00 each

Special Application – South Kent Landfill Only

Contaminated soils, foundry sands, saw dust, ash (more information) (*Prior approval of rate is required)
Sludge (more information) (*Prior approval of rate is required)
Approved Charity (Any charity as approved by the Board of Public Works) $28.50/ton
After Hours Service Fee Protocol $45/15 Minute Increment

*Vehicles exceeding the gross weight limits for their DPW Vehicle Class must leave a deposit, be weighed in and out, and will be charged the Minimum Charge or the Rate Per Ton, whichever is greater. An estimated deposit is required to cover the cost of the load, no less than $30

Kent County Department of Public Works reserves the right to accept or reject any waste at any of our facilities.



PFAS in Landfills

The Kent County Department of Public Works is committed to monitoring our facilities and addressing PFAS contamination at its source. We are actively seeking solutions to treat leachate that may contain PFAS now, or in the future, in a way that meets or exceeds standards. We will do everything we can to be part of the solution to address PFAS contamination and protect the environment and human health.

We are working closely with state and federal regulators and our contracted partners to establish treatment plans for leachate coming from landfills that Kent County oversees. Updates will be posted here as they are available. If you have questions about PFAS at Kent County DPW sites, please contact us.

Additional facility-specific environmental monitoring information is listed in the ‘news’ section at, if it is available.