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 Cart
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal
Trash

If you have cleaning products that are unopened or partially used and no longer wanted, please bring them to any of our hazardous waste disposal sites (see the Proper Disposal tab), so that other residents can give it a second-chance at use through our SafeChem Swap Shop.

The link can provide you with more details about our SafeChem Swap Shop program including location address, hours of service, and how you can browse the shop and save on supply cost on your next project or home cleaning routine.

Most cleaners are not biodegradable or compostable.

Chemicals and hazardous waste, including household cleaners, 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. It also can leak onto other recyclables and contaminate them.

However, empty household cleaner jugs and containers can be recycled in your curbside single-stream recycling cart.

Cleaning products and other hazardous materials need to be handled by our SafeChem-Household Hazardous Waste program staff prior to reuse, recycling, or proper disposal (see the Proper Disposal tab).

Cleaning sprays, fluids, and other cleaners are accepted for recycling 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 commercial hazardous waste from businesses, schools, non-profits, etc. — strictly residential hazardous waste. See the Community Disposal Outlets below for commercial hazardous waste solutions.

Household cleaners often contain chemicals (even the natural types), that we do not want entering the landfill. Hazardous waste is prohibited by the State of Michigan and Environmental Protection Agency from going into the landfill or waste to energy facility. Chemicals and hazardous waste, such as cleaning products, should not go in your curbside trash cart as it puts trash trucks and our trash disposal sites at increased risk for explosions and fire.

Community Resources

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

In The Image
4255 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
616-456-6150

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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Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan
1323 Cedar NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-776-1300

Accepts a variety of office supplies, cleaning supplies, food, and other household items for reuse in the service to families in need while a loved one is receiving medical treatment.

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