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Update 11/28/22: Wealthy St. will reopen for thru-traffic on Friday (12/2/2022) morning at 8:00am
Update 11/10/22: street construction continues on that section of Wealthy St.
Wealthy St SW between Front Ave and Indiana Ave will be closed for utility and reconstruction work from Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 through Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.
It is a full closure and all traffic will be rerouted.
The closure will impact traffic attempting to access the Recycling and Education Center (REC) from the west. Traffic traveling west on Wealthy St will be rerouted north on Front Ave to Butterworth St, west to Garfield Ave, south to Wealthy St, and access the REC from the east.
Questions regarding the road closure and detour can be directed to John Hayes, Grand Rapids Engineering Dept. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Any sludge (municipal water or wastewater sludge, paper processing sludge, industrial sludge, food processing sludge or by -products, etc.), which is non-hazardous, as outlined in PA 451, and also meets the “Policy on the Use of the Kent County Solid Waste Disposal System.”
Please call for rates – prior approval required. The Director shall calculate the actual cost using a percent of solids in the sludge and/or environmental surcharge based on the chemical or physical characteristics of the sludge.
After closing hours we refuse the admittance of any additional customers. Customers that remain on the premises and are not done dumping by our closing time, a surcharge will be added to the tipping fee. This will cover all extra manpower and equipment costs that are incurred by the Department of Public Works. This is our policy and we can make NO EXCEPTIONS.
The surcharge fees are currently as follows:
Up to 15 minutes = $45
16-30 minutes = $90
31-45 minutes = $135
46-60 minutes = $180
For each additional unit time increment add $45.
• Car/Pickup Truck
• Semi truck and trailer
• Riding lawn mower
• Agricultural tires with rim size 14” or less
• Bicycle (10 bike tires equals the cost of a single passenger car tire)
The tires that are accepted for recycling must be clean. Tires can either be on or off the rim — we have no preference.
• Agricultural tires with rim diameter greater than 14”
• Airplane tires
• Skid Steer, loader or earth moving equipment tires
Tires that are not accepted for recycling may be cut into a minimum of two pieces (half) for disposal in the landfill and will be charged according to the fee schedule based on minimum charge or according to the weight and cut tire tonnage pricing.
Dead animals from agricultural operations, road kill, or other sources requiring special management.
Restrictions apply to North Kent Transfer Station for this material; please call for prior approval.
Any matter contaminated by petroleum, mineral waste from casting or plating operations, which are non-hazardous, as outlined in PA 451, and also meet all rules set forth in the “Policy on the Use of the Kent County Solid Waste Disposal System”.
Please call for rates – prior approval required.
• Mobile homes
• Hot Tubs
• Any bulky item that requires special handling including equipment and labor to manage.
All appliances in mobile homes or trailers are to be removed prior to disposal.
Any plastic, Styrofoam, light paper, or fine particle material that is not securely bundled to prevent operational hazard.
Kent County’s Recycling & Education Center utilizes state-of-the-art technology as well as manual sorting to separate plastics, metals, glass and paper into commodities that are valuable in the domestic and global marketplace. Visit the Recycling & Education Center to see for yourself!