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!

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 appliance still in working order? 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.

Appliances are not made out of compostable materials.

Appliances of any type, including dehumidifiers, mini-fridges, AC units, etc. 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.

Appliances 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. Appliances must have all food and other debris removed prior to recycling. Many appliances may be recycled for scrap metal however keep in mind that some appliances contain refrigerant gas (such as Freon/CFCs) that is hazardous and must be removed by a trained technician first (this is a service included in KCDPW’s appliance recycling program).

Because appliances 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.

Because most appliances 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.

Habitat for Humanity

Accepts new and gently used building materials and home improvement products for resale at discounted prices, including lumber, trim, stain/paint, windows, doors, working appliances, furniture, flooring, etc.  Accepts vehicles for donation.

Multiple locations.

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In The Image
4255 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Accepts gently used clothing/linens/baby items, school supplies, housewares, furniture, large appliances, small appliances (microwaves, toasters, toaster oven, blender, coffee pot, mixer, etc), personal care items, kitchen items, TVs (must be 42 inches or smaller, cable ready, and have audio inputs).

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Lowe’s Home Improvement

Accepts appliances, plastic plant trays/pots/tags, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, CFL bulbs (no tubes), and plastic shopping bags.

Multiple locations.

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North Kent Connect
10075 Northland Dr NE
Rockford, MI 49341

Accepts clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags, books, records, CDs, DVDs, working electronics (no TVs or computers), small working appliances (no large appliances or refrigerators), housewares, sporting goods, and toys.  Please no furniture or building materials.  Visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for reuse and recycling.

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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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Salvation Army of West Michigan & Northern Indiana

Accepts clothing, furniture, appliances, household goods, books, vehicles, etc.

Multiple locations.

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SERI–R2 Standard

A directory for various types of e-waste recyclers, including but not limited to those that accept appliances, batteries, computers, TVs (CRT and Flatscreens), and more.

Multiple locations.

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