Frequently Asked Questions

How can I recycle in Kent County?

Recycling is available through curbside recycling pickup by haulers or through drop-off recycling stations.

To sign up for curbside recycling, contact the waste hauler you have chosen for your curbside trash and ask to sign up for curbside recycling. Most haulers offer this service.

To find a drop-off recycling station operated by Kent County, visit HERE.

When does my recycling get picked up?

Kent County operates the processing facilities for waste and recycling but does not pick up recycling or trash from residences or businesses. To find out the schedule for your trash or recycling pickup contact the hauler that you have hired.

How do I recycle electronics?

Check out our waste guide to see if there are any locations listed for recycling or disposing of this item!

Can I recycle Styrofoam?

No, Styrofoam cups, plates and packaging is not recyclable at the Kent County Recycling & Education Center. Search our online waste guide to find locations to drop off foam for recycling.

How do I get rid of yard waste?

Yard waste is banned from disposal in Michigan landfills and waste to energy facilities. Contact your waste hauler to sign up for curbside yard waste pickup, visit our online waste guide for locations to bring your yard waste or compost your yard waste at home.

How do I get rid of leftover chemicals?

Kent County operates the SafeChem household hazardous waste collection program. Products like motor oil, gasoline, pesticides, cleaners, pool chemicals, oil-based paints and other products that are toxic or hazardous should not be put in your trash or discarded down the drain. Drop off these products (in their original container, when possible) at the SafeChem locations. Check with each location to see what hours it will be open.

Do you collect chemicals on the weekend?

During the spring, summer and fall Kent County and host locations offer SafeChem collections on Saturdays. Find out when the Saturday collections are scheduled near you.

How do I get rid of Fluorescent light bulbs?

Check out our waste guide to see if there are any locations listed for recycling or disposing of this item!

What do I do with old batteries?

Check out our waste guide to see if there are any locations listed for recycling or disposing of this item!

How should I dispose of old medications and syringes?

Kent County administers the SafeSharps and SafeMeds (formerly West Michigan Take Back Meds) programs to help residents safely dispose of their home-generated needles and medications instead of putting them in the trash or down the drain where they could injure someone or harm the environment. Check for locations to drop off needles and medications around West Michigan.

Where can I recycle a mattress?

Check out our waste guide to see if there are any locations listed for recycling or disposing of this item!

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