South Kent Recycling & Waste Center

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


Mailing Address

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


10300 South Kent Dr.
Byron Center, MI 49315


(616) 632-7920


DPW Holiday Hours


Hours of Service:

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

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

Services Offered Here

Facility tours

• Trash disposal services for residential/business drop-off and curbside collection by licensed Waste Haulers

Electronics Recycling Drop-Off
CRT devices or electronics that contain refrigerant/Freon have a recycling charge/fee (see Disposal Fees below).

Holiday String Light Recycling

Appliance Recycling

SafeChem / Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Select days and hours only – find out more via the link above.

2021 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    2021 Disposal Rates & Descriptions

By Material Rate Per Ton
South Kent Landfill General Refuse $43.68
Note: General Refuse rate includes Environmental & Safety Fee of $0.50, Michigan Surcharge of $0.40 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

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) No Fee (except CRT monitors, see below)
Televisions & computer monitors have recycling fees:
(CRT or Cathode Ray Tube 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)
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 (more information)
$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.