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!

Air Conditioning Units

How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?

Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.

Donate or Reuse
Recycling Cart
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal

Is your AC unit still in working ordering? Consider donating or reusing it! Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle, Craigslist, or your local BuyNothing Project group are all great places to give away items. Check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets below for any places that accept donations.

AC units are not made out of compostable materials.

AC units should not go in your curbside single-stream recycling cart as it puts recycling trucks and the Recycling Center at increased risk for fire and exposes sort line workers to chemicals. Additionally, cords from these devices can also wrap around and clog sorting equipment or tangle up other recyclables, preventing them from getting recycled.

AC units can be recycled through Kent County Department of Public Work’s two residential appliance recycling drop-offs for a fee:

North Kent Waste & Recycling Center in Rockford
South Kent Waste & Recycling Center in Byron Center

The links above can provide the location address, recycling fee, and hours of service.

Because AC units contain hazardous materials, there is a fee to recycle them. The fee helps pay for the removal of that hazardous material prior to recycling the appliance. Please see the ‘Special Collection Recycling’ tab for guidelines on how and where to recycle these items.

Because AC units contain hazardous materials and are also an electronic, they are prohibited by the State of Michigan and Environmental Protection Agency from going into the landfill or waste to energy facility. These items should not go in your curbside trash cart as it puts trash trucks and our trash disposal sites at increased risk for fire and exposes waste disposal workers to chemicals.

Community Resources

Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.


Accepts scrap metals, wire, radiators, appliances, plastics, office and household electronics, computer components and accessories, satellite (DISH or Direct TV) dishes, and other e-waste.  Please visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for recycling at each location.

Multiple locations.

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