NOTICE 4/5/2024 @ 7:30am: North Kent Waste & Recycling Center is in the final stretch of its expansion construction. Our recycling drop-off stations at this site have been temporarily moved — click here for the details. Stay tuned here on our website or our social media for updates!

Don’t Trash Holiday String Lights!

February 14, 2017

(February 14, 2017) If you pulled your Christmas, Valentine, Easter, etc. string lights out of storage and found that they don’t work, don’t trash them! Kent County has special collection boxes at all three recycling drop-off stations to collect string lights from holiday decorating YEAR ROUND! It is important to collect the string lights separately from the rest of the recyclables because the lights will damage sorting equipment at the Kent County Recycling & Education Center if they are mixed in with other recyclables. Other stringy materials, like hoses, chains, strapping, cords and VHS tape, similarly damage equipment.


Kent County has offered this program since 2014 and has collected and recycled nearly 2.5 tons of string lights since then. Formerly a Christmas-time collection, string lights are now a year-round decoration so collection of old lights will take place all year as well.

Once full, Kent County will transport the lights to a local metal recycler so the components can be separated and recycled. The boxes will be available until late-January 2017.

Please recycle them by dropping them off in the collection boxes at our recycling stations:


Look for these signs and cardboard or metal boxes and drop your string lights in. Please…. don’t put string lights in your home recycling bins or Kent County’s large drop-off recycling boxes!


Rockford Recycling Station @
North Kent Recycling & Waste Center
2908 Ten Mile, Rockford
Monday-Saturday 7:30am-5:00pm

Kentwood Recycling Station @
Kentwood Public Works Facility
5068 Breton Road, Kentwood
Monday-Friday 7:00am-5:00pm
(and weekends and evenings when the gates are open)

Grand Rapids Recycling Station @
Kent County Recycling & Education Center
977 Wealthy SW, Grand Rapids
Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:00pm

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