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

If your pot or pan is 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 or recycling.

Additionally, a quick internet search can provide you with some creative ways to reuse those pots and pans!

Pots and pans are NOT compostable.

Pots and pans SHOULD NEVER go in your curbside recycling cart or in our recycling drop-off stations.

Due to their heavy and bulky nature, pots and pans can potentially cause harm by landing on a staff member’s hand while sorting or jam up sorting machines (especially the magnet) preventing recyclables from getting recycled at all .

Similar to other scrap metal items, metal pots and pans can be recycled through special collection only. We offer two FREE scrap metal recycling drop-offs at Kent County Department of Public Work’s two facilities:

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

Additionally, check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets below for any places that accept donations or recycling.

Pots and pans are not hazardous waste.

Keeping pots and pans out of the landfill and into reuse or recycling ensures we give those valuable resources a second chance at life and use!

Community Resources

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

Grand Rapids Iron & Metal
7915 S. Division Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Accepts automotive batteries and any type of scrap metal.

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In The Image
4255 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Accepts gently used clothing/linens/baby items, school supplies, housewares, furniture, large appliances, small appliances (microwaves, toasters, toaster oven, blender, coffee pot, mixer, etc), personal care items, kitchen items, TVs (must be 42 inches or smaller, cable ready, and have audio inputs).

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Accepts scrap metals, wire, radiators, appliances, plastics, office and household electronics, computer components and accessories, satellite (DISH or Direct TV) dishes, and other e-waste.  Please visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for recycling at each location.

Multiple locations.

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