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
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal

Some ink jet cartridges are compatible with toner refill kits, enabling them to be reused over and over again, prolonging the cartridges’ lifespan. Reach out to any ink jet cartridge brands to see if they sell a toner refill kit!

If you have ink jet cartridges that aren’t the correct type for your printer or no longer needed, please bring it to any of our hazardous waste disposal sites (see the Hazardous Waste tab), so that other residents can give it 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.

Ink jet cartridges are not made out of compostable materials.

Ink jet cartridges should not go in your curbside single-stream recycling cart as it puts recycling trucks and the Recycling Center at increased risk to chemical exposure.

Special collection recycling does not apply to ink jet cartridges. 

Ink jet cartridges 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 commercial waste from businesses, schools, non-profits, etc. — strictly residential hazardous waste. 

Because ink jet cartridges 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. This type of material should not go in your curbside trash cart as it puts trash trucks and our trash disposal sites at increased risk of chemical exposure.

Community Resources

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

Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR)
355 Cottage Grove Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Accepts non-CRT computers, copiers, printers, monitors, keyboards, non-CRT televisions, VCRs, radios, telephones, routers, cables, scanners, digital cameras, computer parts, non-PCB ballasts, etc. from commercial customers for a fee. Residential drop-offs are not accepted at this time. Please visit the website for a complete list of services provided.

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Cartridge World
2893 Breton Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI, MI 49512

Accepts cartridges previously purchased from Cartridge World.

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Cascade Engineering
5175 36th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

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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Door Step Ink

Accepts all inkjet printer cartridges.  No toners.

Mail-in program.

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Accepts inkjet ink cartridges and laser toner cartridges.

Multiple locations/Mail-in program.


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Accepts ink and toner cartridges previously purchased through Quill.

Mail-in program.

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Accepts office/consumer electronics, ink/toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, and confidential documents for shredding.  No TVs or appliances.  Please visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for recycling.

Multiple locations.

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Valley City Electronic Recycling
2929 32nd Street SE
Kentwood, MI 49512

Accepts computer systems/accessories, medical equipment, telecom equipment, and rechargeable batteries.  Please visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for recycling.

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