Waste to Energy Facility

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


*This facility is open to commercial waste haulers only.

Operating Hours

Monday – Saturday: 5:00am – Exactly 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed


Waste haulers 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



950 Market Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Mailing Address

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


Kent County’s Waste to Energy Facility is one of four facilities in Kent County’s integrated solid waste management fleet. 2020 marks the 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.

2020 Disposal Fees

Terms of payment: cash or check only.

Prohibited Items
Material Rate Per Ton
Waste to Energy General Refuse $56.68
Approved Special Burns $91.68 (requires prior authorization, contact facility to schedule)
General Refuse and Approved Special Burn rate includes Kent County Solid Waste Surcharge of $1.68.