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 your fuel storage tank is still in great shape and you just don’t have a use for it anymore, consider donating or reusing it! Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle, Craigslist, or your local BuyNothing Project group are all great places to give away items or list them for sale.

Fuel storage tanks are not made out of compostable materials.

Fuel storage tanks should not go in your curbside single-stream recycling cart as it puts recycling trucks and the Recycling Center at increased risk for explosions and fire.

Many metal fuel storage tanks can be recycled through scrap metal recyclers only after you can demonstrate that the tank is empty (by cutting them apart). Always get professional advice and use caution before you do any cutting or drilling.

Fuel storage tanks (whether above ground or underground) are hazardous so their removal needs to be handled by State of MI staff prior to recycling (see the Proper Disposal tab).

State of MI Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) staff will assist you on starting the process of removing your aboveground or underground fuel storage tank:

Grand Rapids Field Office, (616) 356-0500
Environmental Assistance Hotline, 1-800-662-9278

Check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets listed below who can also assist you with the removal of your fuel storage tank.

Fuel storage tanks can be disposed of through landfill services only after you can demonstrate that the tank is empty (by cutting them apart). ALWAYS get professional advice and use caution before you do any cutting or drilling. We can accept empty (through demonstration) fuel storage tanks through Kent County Department of Public Work’s open landfill for a charge:

South Kent Waste & Recycling Center in Byron Center

The links above can provide the location address, disposal fee, and hours of service.

Fuel storage tanks (whether above ground or underground) are hazardous so their removal needs to be handled by State of MI staff prior to disposal (see the Proper Disposal tab).

Community Resources

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

E.M. Sergeant
542 E. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
800-530-1363

Will periodically provide residential fuel tank removal services throughout Southwest Michigan.

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