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Yard Waste & Untreated Wood

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
Recycling
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal
Trash

Yard waste can be repurpose a few ways, including acting as “brown material” for your compost bin, wildlife habitat or insect “hotels”, mulch for garden beds, or as a way to kill grass and make way for a new garden bed with rich soil.

Most yard waste is compostable however there are no yard waste disposal services Kent County Department of Public Works provides.

This is because the majority of yard waste services are offered at the City and Township level in this area; see the Community Disposal Outlets below to see if your municipality offers this service or if private services are required.

Yard waste of any type including, branches, wood, leaves, garden discards, or weeds should NOT go in your curbside single-stream recycling cart.

This type of waste will contaminate good recyclables putting them at risk of not being recycled.

Special Collection Recycling does not apply to yard waste.

Yard waste is not hazardous unless a chemical or hazardous waste spill occurs. If this happens, contact the State of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy (EGLE) Environmental Assistance Center

Do NOT place yardwaste of any kind (branches, leaves, etc.) into your trash or the landfill. This type of waste is prohibited by the State of Michigan and Environmental Protection Agency from going into the landfill or waste to energy facility since 1995.

Chemicals and hazardous waste, such as fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, should not go in your curbside trash cart as it puts trash trucks and our trash disposal sites at increased risk for explosions, fire, and chemical exposure. Please see our Related Materials section below for more details on this type of waste.

HOWEVER, any invasive plant species (you can find more information here) can be landfilled either in your trash bin with general refuse or brought to one of our disposal facilities:

The burning of yard clippings has also been banned in many municipalities unless specifically authorized by local ordinance (Michigan EGLE website).

Community Resources

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

Cannonsburg Wood Products
10251 Northland Drive
Rockford, MI 49341
616-866-4459

Accepts brush, scrap wood, leaves, grass clipping and untreated pallets – charge based on load size. Large logs (12″ or larger) and clean woodchips (no vegetation) can be dropped off at no charge.

Do not accept railroad ties, stumps, or roots.

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City of Grand Rapids Recycling & Refuse
201 Market Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-456-3232

Operates curbside recycling, trash, and yard waste programs (fees may apply). Operates a yard waste drop-off facility that residents can currently utilize for free.

This is for City of Grand Rapids residents only (non-residents can’t utilize the services).

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Cocoa Corp
A-4368 60th St.
Holland, MI 49423
855-933-2020

Accepts a wide-variety of organic business waste for commercial composting.

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Fillmore Compost Operation/ Top Grade Aggregates, LLC
10501 Fillmore
Zeeland, MI 49464
269-751-8898

Accepts yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, branches, small stumps, etc.) at a fee.

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Green Rock Landscape Supply
9860 14 Mile Road NE
Rockford, MI 49341
616-754-4684

Accepts non-treated wood only. No leaves or lawn clippings. Open April through October, please call ahead.

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Invasive Plants

Invasive plants don’t belong in our neighborhoods, parks, or recreation areas. Identifying, controlling, and removing them requires a plan of action!

To make the most of your efforts and resources the plan should consider how and when to remove an invasive plant species. The plan should also include a disposal method that ensures the species will not spread to previously cleared or new areas. Some control and removal methods will break plants into pieces that can grow into a new plant. If these plant parts are handled improperly, the invasive species could further spread. Taking steps to ensure proper disposal will help prevent reestablishment of invasive species and promote native landscapes.

Here are some local resources that can help you with Michigan invasive plants:

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Kent County MSU Extension Office
775 Ball Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-632-7865

Does not accept residential yard waste or compost.  Provides resources and information on composting, fertiilizers, soil testing, mowing, and mulching.

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Landscape Impressions
3807 68th St. SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
616-698-6350

Accepts yard waste (leaves, brush, branches, plants, logs that are smaller than 18″ in diameter), untreated wood, soil, and sod. No stumps. Fees may apply.

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New Soil
1296 Chicago Dr.
Jenison, MI 49428
616-748-1955

Accepts organic business waste for commercial composting.

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Organicycle
5721 Division Ave South. Suite B
Wyoming, MI 49548
616-855-3377

Accepts most organic waste for commercial composting.

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Phoenix Resources
10309 Morse Lake Avenue
Alto, MI 49302
616-891-9110

Accepts unpainted gypsum wallboard scrap from new construction. Also accepts any organic material, brush, leaves, food waste and compostable paper. Fees may apply.

Pitsch Companies
675 Richmond
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616-363-4895

Accepts and sells most deconstruction and building materials. Accepts yard waste and stumps for a fee.

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Renewed Earth
800-763-2722

Accepts untreated wood less than 12″ in diameter including pallets & brush.

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Wormies Vermicompost
616-322-1677

Offers a weekly or every two week food scrap waste pick-up for residents and businesses of the Kent County area as well as sales of their premium worm compost for farm and garden use. Consulting for on-site composting systems and composting education. Also accepts untreated woodchips by appointment only. Open year round.

Please visit their website for more information on accepted compostables, pick-up service details, and cost.

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City of Kentwood Public Works Department
5068 Breton Rd SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
616-554-0817

Offers a free recycling drop-off for Christmas and Holiday string lights for residents from mid-November to the end of January.

Also offers a seasonal yard waste drop-off site for City of Kentwood residents only.

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City of East Grand Rapids Public Works Department
2310 Reeds Lake Blvd. SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616-940-4870

Offers a seasonal, curbside yard waste service to all East Grand Rapids residents.

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City of Walker Public Works Department
4243 Remembrance Road NW
Walker, MI 49534
616-791-6854

Offers a seasonal yard waste drop-off service to Walker residents.

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City of Wyoming Public Works Department
2660 Burlingame Ave SW
Wyoming, MI 49505
616-530-7260

Offers year-round yard waste drop-off site services to City of Wyoming residents.

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City of Grandville Public Works Department
4095 White St
Grandville, MI 49418
616-538-1990

Offers both a curbside and drop-off site for yard waste for Grandville residents.

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Byron Township
8085 Byron Center Ave.
Byron Center, MI 49315
616-878-9066

Occasionally offers yard waste dumpsters or drop-off site in the fall.

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Village of Caledonia
250 S Maple St SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
616-891-9384

Offers curbside yard waste collection to Village of Caledonia residents only (not Caledonia Township).

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Cascade Township
5920 Tahoe Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
616-949-1500

Offers both curbside pick-up and dumpster drop-off for yard waste to Cascade Township residents.

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City of Rockford
7 South Monroe St.
Rockford, MI 49341
616-866-1537

Offer fall and spring curbside pick-up of yard waste to all City of Rockford taxpayers.

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Village of Sparta
156 E. Division
Sparta, MI 49345
616-887-8251

Offers seasonal, curbside yard waste pick-up for all Village of Sparta residents.

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City of Cedar Springs
66 S. Main Street
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
616-696-1330 x108

Offers a seasonal curbside pick-up of yard waste to City of Cedar Springs residents.

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Village of Kent City
200 S Main Street
Kent City, MI 49330
616-322-3212

Offers yard waste curbside pick-up and a drop-off site to residents of Kent City.

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