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!

Pesticides, Herbicides & Fertilizers


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

If you have pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides that are unopened or partially used and no longer wanted, please bring them to any of our hazardous waste disposal sites (see the Proper Disposal tab), so that other residents can 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.

Most of these chemicals are not biodegradable or compostable.

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

HOWEVER, empty jugs and containers can be recycled in your curbside single-stream recycling cart. DO NOT pour these products down the drain (sink, tub, toilet etc.).

These products are hazardous so they need to be handled by our SafeChem-Household Hazardous Waste program staff prior to reuse, recycling, or proper disposal (see the Proper Disposal tab).

Pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicide are accepted 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.

Pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides contain chemicals (even the natural types), that we do not want in 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 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.