How do I start recycling?


There are several different ways to start recycling in Kent County!

Did you know?

That’s around 35% of the total waste your family makes each year! You can get started recycling here in Kent County via the options below:

Curbside Recycling Services

What You Should Know About Curbside Recycling:

  • Collecting recyclables at the curb or on-site where they’re generated creates the smallest environmental footprint and is the most efficient and effective method of collection.
  • Curbside recycling supports more jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industry.
  • Residents and businesses can have recycling picked up by hiring a waste hauler.
    • Costs and services for recycling collection vary based on the level of service (weekly/biweekly, bundled with other services, etc.), transportation costs (distance to the sorting and processing facility), and number of customers on your street that are signed up by the same hauler.
    • Curbside recycling in your area may not be available from all companies but most areas of Kent County are serviced by at least one curbside waste hauler. If you are having difficulty finding a recycling hauler, please contact us so we can help you find one.
    • What you can and can’t put in your curbside recycling bin depends on which sorting and processing facility (recycling center) your hauler brings your recycling to. Ask your recycling hauler where they take your recyclables to be sorted; if they say Kent County Recycling Center, you can find our Recycling Guidelines here.

How to get started:

  • For Kent County residents and businesses in the City of Grand Rapids, curbside recycling is provided by the City through their property taxes to anyone with access to a public street. Contact the City of Grand Rapids to sign up.
  • For Kent County residents outside of the City of Grand Rapids, curbside recycling can be provided by a variety of private haulers. Check in with the hauling service that picks-up your curbside trash….chances are they provide recycling services too!
Apartments, Condos, & Multi-Family Complexes

What You Should Know About Apartment/Condo Recycling:

  • Offering recycling services at your apartment or condo includes benefits such as:
    • Provides an option for existing tenants and helps attract new tenants — recycling appeals to more environmentally conscious tenants and can set your complex apart.
    • Reduces landfill waste — as more paper, glass, metal cans, cardboard, cartons, and plastic containers make their way into recycling bins, the volume of waste ending up at the landfill decreases.
    • Saves money by reducing dumpster use — fewer pickups means more money in your pocket
    • Keeps your complex cleaner — overflowing, unsightly, and smelly dumpsters turn people away
    • Builds a sense of community — recycling is an easy way for tenants to feel part of their community and that they’re doing their part.
  • Residents that live in apartments or condos are often left out of recycling since the decision to have recycling services is given to the property owner/manager and waste haulers have to a completely different hauling truck and bin style for these types of properties.
  • To help with the gap in infrastructure, Kent County is offering a recycling grant program for property managers at apartment and condo complexes in Kent County.

How to get started:

  • Property managers of apartments, condos, or multi-family living centers should contact Kent County DPW for more details on this limited-time grant program.
  • Tenants of these properties should let other residents know about the recycling grant to gauge the level of interest/demand for this service and approach the property manager together with this opportunity.
Recycling Drop-Off Stations

What You Should Know About Recycling at the Kent County Drop-Off Stations:

  • Kent County Recycling Drop-Off Stations are available to people who do not have access to recycling where they live (EX: waste haulers do not cover your area or your apartment does not provide the service).
  • This service is currently free to all residents — no businesses, farms, or school recycling please.
  • Leaving anything outside the containers or putting anything inside that isn’t accepted is considered illegal dumping.
  • If you have questions about what is recyclable or need to find out where to recycle something that is not listed as an accepted material, please email us or check the Waste & Recycling Directory.

How to get started:

  • Choose a recycling drop-off station (below)
  • Note the drop-off hours and location address and plan accordingly
  • Collect accepted recyclables in a bin (or bag) — click here to find out what recyclables are accepted at our Recycling Drop-Off Stations.
    • Recyclables are sorted at our single-stream recycling center so there is no need for you to separate any recyclables from each other
  • Empty your bin or bag of recyclables (let them loose!) into the designated recycling drop-off containers
    • Reuse your bin or bag for next time!

 

GRAND RAPIDS RECYCLING STATION @ Recycling & Education Center

977 Wealthy SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
REOPENED MAY 4th
Monday-Fridays 7:30am-5:00pm

Closed Holidays

What can I bring here?

 

ROCKFORD RECYCLING STATION @ North Kent Transfer Station

2908 Ten Mile Rd.
Rockford, MI 49341
REOPENED MAY 4th
Monday-Saturdays 7:30am-5:00pm

Closed Holidays

What can I bring here?

 

KENTWOOD RECYCLING STATION @ Kentwood Public Works Facility

NOTICE: This mixed recyclables site closed permanently on June 30, 2019.

HOWEVER, the SafeChem/Household Hazardous Waste program remains open at this location on select days.

How Do I Dispose of:

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