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

If your clothing or textile item is still in great shape and you just don’t have a use for it anymore, consider donating or repurposing 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 or items for reuse/resale.

Additionally, a quick internet search can provide you with great DIY ideas on how to repurpose that textile item!

Most clothing items are not ideal to compost, especially if they are made of a mix of man-made materials like nylon or polyester or other plastic-based fabrics.

Clothing and textiles SHOULD NEVER go in your curbside recycling cart or in our recycling drop-off stations.

Due to their flexible nature, clothing, fashion items, and other textiles can wrap around sorting equipment, clog machines, and tangle up other recyclables preventing them from getting sorted and recycled at all.

While many places advertise that they “recycle” clothing, coats, boots, purses, shoes, or other fashion items, what most of them really mean is reuse or repurpose through donation or resale. But the “R” of reuse is better than recycling so be sure to grab any out-grown or no longer wanted or needed clothing and give it to your favorite donation place.

However, the emerging technology of textile recycling is slowly coming online. Some companies have collaborated on recycling take-back programs on certain textiles and clothing products.

Check out some of the Community Diposal Outlets below for any places that accept donations or recycling.

Clothing and textiles do not contain hazardous materials.

Keeping clothing and textiles out of the landfill, when possible, and in reuse ensures we give those valuable resources a second chance at life and use!

However, if you cannot donate or repurpose your clothing items, this type of waste is acceptable in your trash or can be landfilled at two of Kent County Department of Public Work’s facilities 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, disposal fee, and hours of service.

Community Resources

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

Cascade Engineering
5175 36th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616-975-4800

Accepts electronics, cell phones, ink jet cartridges, office supplies, books, phone books, magazines, eyeglasses, sports equipment, winter clothing for children, and business attire for women.

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Goodwill Retail & Donation Centers
616-532-4200

Accepts working or broken computers/laptops/monitors, software, cameras, working flat-screen televisions (no CRT TV’s), furniture, household goods, clothing, books, etc.

Multiple locations.

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H&M
3195 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
855-466-7467

Accepts used clothing and textiles at all H&M stores for recycling – no matter the condition or brand.

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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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Love INC of Allendale
11620 60th Ave
Allendale, MI 49401
616-895-5700

Accepts walkers, shower chairs, canes, raised toilet seats, and other basic medical equipment and supplies for reuse.  Also accepts furniture and other thrift store type items.

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Love INC of Hudsonville
3300 Van Buren
Hudsonville, MI 49426
616-662-3300

Accepts walkers, shower chairs, canes, raised toilet seats, and other basic medical equipment and supplies for reuse.  Also accepts furniture and other thrift store type items.

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Nike Reuse-a-Shoe

Accepts any brand of old athletic shoes at Nike drop-off locations.

Multiple locations.

 

*Nike Factory Store in Tanger Outlets, Grand Rapids does not have a shoe collection program on-site.

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North Kent Connect
10075 Northland Dr NE
Rockford, MI 49341
616-866-3478

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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Public Thread
906 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616-745-1222

Accepts high quality textile materials such as nylon, wool, leather, upholstery fabric, seatbelts, etc. that can be upcycled into creative and fashionable items.

Please contact hello@publicthread.co to discuss a partnership to upcycle your high quality scrap textiles.

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Recycled Crafts

RecycledCrafts@live.com

Accepts nylon stockings, tights, and pantyhose to be used in craft projects like pet toys, rugs, placemats, and table runners. Please email to receive information about how to recycle these items through Recycled Crafts.

Salvation Army of West Michigan & Northern Indiana
616-459-3433

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

Multiple locations.

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The Bra Recyclers
3317 S. Higley Rd Ste 114-441
Gilbert, AZ 85297
480-988-2283

Accepts new and gently used bras, including sports bras.  Accepts new panties.

Multiple locations & mail-in program.

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The North Face – Clothes the Loop Program
3159 28th St. SE
Kentwood, MI 49512
616-940-0681

Accepts used clothing and textiles at all retail and outlet stores for recycling – needs to be in wearable or usable condition.

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