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 tire is still in great shape, and you just don’t have a use for it anymore, consider repurposing it yourself or allowing someone else to! Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle, Craigslist, or your local BuyNothing Project group are all great places to give away items. Any Community Disposal Outlets listed below that accept tires for recycling or reuse.

Tires are not biodegradable or compostable. If left exposed to weather and the elements, they will break down into smaller pieces (microplastics) but will never be made into soil.

Tires CANNOT be recycled through your curbside recycling cart or our recycling drop-off stations.

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

Similar to other hard-to-recycle items, tires are recyclable through special collection recycling only. We offer two tire recycling drop-offs at Kent County Department of Public Work’s facilities:

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

Hazardous waste disposal does not apply to tires.

Keeping tires out of the landfill, when possible, and recycled ensures we give those valuable resources a second chance at life and use! However, if your tires cannot be recycled or donated or repurposed, this type of waste could be landfilled at Kent County Department of Public Work’s landfill 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.

Alpine Tire & Alignment
2221 Alpine Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Accepts tires for recycling. Fees may apply.

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