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
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Proper Disposal
Trash

Most propane tanks are refillable and should be able to be used over and over again until they wear out (broken seal, rusted out, etc.). Check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets listed below where you can exchange your propane tank for a new one or fill up the one you have.

Additionally, if you have a full or partially full 1lb. propane tank that you no longer want, please bring it 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.

Propane tanks are not made out of compostable materials.

Compressed gas tanks of any type, including propane 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.

Propane tanks contain hazardous materials so they need to be handled by our staff prior to recycling (see the Proper Disposal tab).

Additionally, some of the Community Disposal Outlets listed below also recycle propane tanks.

Only one pound (1 lb.) propane tanks are accepted for recycling 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.

Larger than 1lb. propane tanks (such as 20 lb. tanks) can be recycled through Kent County Department of Public Work’s two residential compressed gas tank recycling drop-offs for a charge:

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

Because propane tanks contain hazardous materials (even when they are empty, they contain trace amounts), they are prohibited by the State of Michigan and Environmental Protection Agency from going into the landfill or waste to energy facility. Compressed gas tanks of any type 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.

Community Resources

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

Alto Gas
6040 Alden Nash Ave SE
Alto, MI 49302
616-868-6242

Accepts used 1 lb and 20 lb propane tanks for recycling.

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AmeriGas
1923 Chicago Dr SW
Wyoming, MI 49519
616-245-9139

Accepts used 20 lb propane tanks for recycling.

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Crystal Flash Energy
1754 Alpine Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
800-875-4851

Accepts used 20 lb propane tanks for recycling.

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Holton’s LP Gas Co.
13443 Northland Dr
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
616-696-9640

Accepts 1 lb and 20 lb propane tanks for recycling.  Fee applies.

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