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

Some fire extinguishers are capable of being recharged or refilled. Please check with your local Fire Station or a certified Fire Protection Company to see if your fire extinguisher can be refilled and used over and over again.

If you have fire extinguishers that are unopened or full but no longer needed, please bring them to any of our hazardous waste disposal sites (see the Proper Disposal tab), so that other residents can potentially 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.

Fire extinguishers are not biodegradable or compostable.

Chemicals and hazardous waste, including fire extinguishers, should not go in your curbside single-stream recycling cart as it puts recycling trucks, sort line workers, and the Recycling Center at increased risk to chemical exposure. It also can leak onto other recyclables and contaminate them.

Fire extinguishers 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).

Empty, partially full, or full but expired fire extinguishers 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.

Fire extinguishers contain chemicals 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.

Fire Pros Inc.
2710 Northridge Dr, Suite F
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
616-453-4800

Accepts fire extinguishers.

Learn More

Grand Rapids Fire Department
616-456-3900

Fire Prevention Bureau
Call for information on fire extinguishers or to offer an antique extinguisher for their display.