Waste to Energy Facility

The WTE facility incinerates non-hazardous solid wastes from municipal and commercial operations, generating up to 16 megawatts of electricity.


Mailing Address

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


950 Market Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 632-7920


DPW Holiday Hours


Hours of Service:

Monday-Friday: 5:00am-exactly 5:00pm
Saturday: 6:00am-exactly 12:00pm
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 curbside collection by licensed Waste Haulers
**This facility is open to commercial waste haulers only.

Approved Special Burns
Prior authorization and scheduling required – find out more via the link above.

Kent County’s Waste to Energy Facility is one of four facilities in Kent County’s integrated solid waste management fleet. 2020 marked its 30th year of operation serving Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grandville. As of the end of 2019, there have been over five and half million tons of refuse processed in this facility since opening in 1990.

The Kent County Waste to Energy facility is critical to Kent County’s integrated solid waste system:

  • it generates electricity for 11,000 homes, about the number of residences in the City of Walker
  • it’s a baseload energy source diversifying Michigan’s renewable energy portfolio
  • we’ve recovered over 136,000 tons of scrap steel that would have otherwise not been recycled
  • we preserved 10 years of South Kent Landfill airspace, extending the life of the landfill
  • we provide good jobs for 50 employees
  • it generated 96,048 KWh of electricity in 2019

Kent County’s Waste to Energy Facility is recognized by MDEQ as a Clean Corporate Citizen.

2021 Disposal Fees

Terms of payment: cash or check only.

Prohibited Items    2021 Disposal Rates & Descriptions

By Material
Waste to Energy General Refuse
Rate Per Ton
By Material
Approved Special Burns (requires prior authorization - contact facility below to schedule your burn)
Rate Per Ton
By Material
Note: General Refuse and Approved burn rate includes the Kent County Solid Waste Surcharge of $1.68
Rate Per Ton

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