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
Compost
Recycling
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal
Trash

Automotive batteries are rechargeable and should be able to be used over and over again until they wear out.

Car batteries are not compostable.

Batteries of any type, including marine batteries, ATV batteries, or other lead-acid batteries, should not go in your curbside single-stream recycling cart as it puts recycling trucks and the Recycling Center at increased risk for fire.

Automotive batteries, marine batteries, ATV batteries, and other lead-acid batteries contain hazardous materials. These hazardous materials need to be handled by our SafeChem-Household Hazardous Waste program staff prior to recycling (see the Hazardous Waste tab).

Many places (auto garage or auto supply stores) will recycle your worn out battery at the same time you purchase a new one. Additionally, some of the Community Disposal Outlets below recycle select types of batteries.

Auto batteries and other lead-acid batteries need to be disposed of through any of our five SafeChem-Household Hazardous Waste Disposal sites during designated service hours. The link can provide you with the details of this FREE program!

No batteries from commercial operations such as businesses, schools, non-profits, etc. Please see our Community Disposal Outlets listed below for commercial battery recyclers.

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

Community Resources

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

A-1 Electric
1813 Turner NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616-361-0934

Accepts scrap batteries.

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Advance Auto Parts Stores
877-238-2623

Accepts scrap batteries and used motor oil.

Multiple locations.

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AutoZone Stores
800-288-6966

Accepts scrap batteries and used motor oil.

Multiple locations.

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Batteries Unlimited
3662 Clyde Park SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
616-534-1142

Accepts scrap batteries, including cell phone batteries, hearing aid batteries, etc.  No alkaline batteries.

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Grand Rapids Iron & Metal
7915 S. Division Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
616-248-9300

Accepts automotive batteries and any type of scrap metal.

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Interstate Batteries
3515 Stadium Dr
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-488-6587

Accepts scrap batteries, rechargeable batteries, and occasionally alkaline batteries (at a cost).

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PepBoys Stores
800-737-2697

Accepts scrap batteries and used motor oil.

Multiple locations.

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Tractor Supply Company Stores
877-718-6750

Accepts scrap batteries and used motor oil.

Multiple locations.

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