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 school supply item (EX: backpack, pens/pencils, markers, etc.) 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.

Most school supplies are NOT compostable.

Many school supplies SHOULD NEVER go in your curbside recycling cart or in our recycling drop-off stations as they can cause a lot of contamination.

However, below are the some that you can place directly in your recycling cart or into our recycling drop-off stations:

  • Paper and Paperboard items: used notebooks or planners (no spirals or binding), old homework, paperback books — tape and staples are okay to stay!
  • Hard Plastics: rigid plastic lunch boxes or tupperware or rigid pencil case containers

Please see our Related Materials section below on how the items mentioned above can be recycled.

The majority of school supplies are made out of more than one material, which makes them unrecyclable unless through special collection recycling or brand take-back programs.

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

School supplies are not hazardous waste.

Keeping school supplies out of the landfill, when possible, and in reuse or at least into recycling when applicable ensures we give those valuable resources a second chance at life and use!

However, if your school supply cannot be donated or repurposed, this type of waste should be landfilled via your curbside trash cart or at two of Kent County Department of Public Work’s two facilities 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.

Crayola Colorcycle Marker Recycling – Discovery Elementary
2461 60th St SE
Kentwood, MI 49508

Accepts all brands of markers.

Mail-in program OR drop off at Discovery Elementary’s main office, attn: Becky Brown & Debi Moore.

Learn More

Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program

Accepts empty and clean glue bottles and sticks.

Mail-in program.

Learn More

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).

Learn More

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