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Medical Equipment & Supplies

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 medical equipment 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.

Medical equipment cannot be composted due to most of it being made out of plastic or metal.

Medical equipment of any kind SHOULD NEVER go in your curbside recycling cart or in our recycling drop-off stations.

Due to its bulky size, medical equipment can clog sorting machines and prevent recyclables from getting sorted and recycled at all. Additionally, most medical equipment is made of multiple materials (plastics, metal, glass lights, etc.) that makes them unable to be recycled.

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

Hazardous waste disposal does not apply to medical equipment.

Keeping medical equipment out of the landfill, when possible, and into reuse or at least recycled ensures we give those valuable resources a second chance at life and use!

However, if you cannot donate or recycle your medical equipment, this type of waste is acceptable in your trash or can be landfilled at Kent County Department of Public Work’s two residential trash drop-offs for a fee:

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.

B.W. Recycling, Inc.
877-217-7020

Accepts medical x-ray film, lithographic x-ray film, industrial x-ray film, and industrial NDE film..

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International Aid
17011 W. Hickory St.
Spring Lake, MI 49456
616-846-7490

Accepts clothing, food, over-the-counter medications, surgical items, and personal care products to send to missionaries.

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InterVol
585-922-5276

Accepts medical supplies and equipment to send to overseas hospitals and clinics.

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LifeNets The Wheelchair Project

Accepts wheelchairs for reuse.

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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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Med EQ
203-737-5356

Accepts unused medical supplies or lightly used medical equipment.

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MedShare
770-323-5858

Accepts unused, unexpired medical surplus supplies and used biomedical equipment.

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MedWish
216-692-1685

Accepts basic medical supplies, medical equipment, and medical furniture.  For a full list, please visit the website.

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Michigan Assistive Technology Program
3498 East Lake Lansing Rd. Suite #100
East Lansing, MI 48823
800-578-1269

Facilitates transactions between residents of Michigan on exchanging, donating, or selling used assistive technology (AT) such as electronic wheelchairs, vehicle ramps, intel readers, CPAP machines, monitors, and more.

For more information please visit the website, call the number listed or email info@mymdrc.org

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World Medical Relief
313-866-5333

Accepts a variety of medical equipment and medical supplies as donations for use in international & local programs.

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