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!

SafeChem

Use Kent County’s SafeChem household hazardous waste program to safely dispose of left-over chemicals.

What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous Waste, items that fit any one or combination of the characteristics below, can be dangerous to the health of people, pets, and the environment if disposed of improperly.A product is considered hazardous if it has one or more of the following properties:

  • Toxic– poisonous or lethal when ingested, touched or inhaled;
  • Flammable– ignitable and burns easily;
  • Corrosive – eats through materials & living tissue; or
  • Reactive – can possibly explode or react with other chemicals.

Improper disposal of Hazardous Waste includes but isn’t limited to:

Flushing it down the drain
Dumping it onto the ground
Spilling it into waterways
Putting it in the trash or recycling bin

Kent County Department of Public Works’ SafeChem Program collects household hazardous waste items –for FREE– and either recycles or properly disposes of the materials to protect both public and environmental health.

What Materials Does SafeChem Accept?

What Is Accepted

Home & Garden Products
Garage & Automotive Materials
Workshop & Painting Supplies
And much more!

What Is NOT Accepted

Latex Paint (click here for disposal)
Refillable Propane Tanks
Needles or Syringes
Pharmaceutical Medications
Empty household hazardous waste cans, jugs, or containers
Drums or containers of household hazardous waste bigger than 5 gallons

SafeChem Drop-Off Locations & Hours

Stop by one of our five convenient disposal sites during designated service days and hours listed below for each location — no appointments necessary!

Hazardous waste should be from homes, not businesses, farms, or schools.
Please look in our FAQ for resources on disposing hazardous waste from your business, school, or farm.

If you have a large amount of HHW that you want to bring, please review our instructions in the FAQ section.

SafeChem Household Hazardous Waste and Swap Shop
1045 Wealthy St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Mondays: 1:30-5:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30am-11:30am
Thursdays: 1:30-5:30pm
Every second Saturday of the month: 8:30-11:00am
Holiday hours may differ

Learn more about our Swap Shop where homeowners and renters can find free unopened or gently used products reclaimed by our Resource Recovery Specialists.

5068 Breton SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
Year-round, Tuesdays: 10:30am-1:30pm
These are new hours as of 7/10/2023
Holiday hours may differ

A special thank you to City of Kentwood for their partnership at this SafeChem Collection site. We’re grateful to the City of Kentwood for hosting this SafeChem collection site!

2908 Ten Mile, Rockford, MI 49341
Year-round, Fridays: 8:30am-11:30am
These are new hours as of 7/10/2023
Holiday hours may differ

2350 Ivanrest Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
Mondays: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Thursdays: 7:00am-9:00am
Holiday hours may differ

A special thank you to City of Wyoming for their partnership at this SafeChem Collection site. We’re grateful to the City of Wyoming for not only hosting this SafeChem collection site but for staffing the SafeChem collections.

South Kent Landfill

10300 South Kent Dr. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
Year-round, Mondays: 8:30am-11:30am
These are new hours as of 7/10/2023
Holiday hours may differ

Kentwood Public Works Facility

5068 Breton Dr.
Kentwood, MI 49508
(Behind Public Works building.)

November-March, Tuesdays:
2:30-4:30pm
April-October, Tuesdays:
1:30-5:30pm

NEW HOURS starting the week of 7/10/2023
Year-round, Tuesdays: 10:30am-1:30pm

Kent County DPW Administrative Offices & SafeChem Center

1045 Wealthy St. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(new building next to the Kent County Recycling & Education Center)

Mondays: 1:30-5:30pm
Wednesdays:
7:30am-11:30am
Thursdays:
 1:30-5:30pm
Every second Saturday of the month:
 8:30-11:00am

North Kent Recycle & Waste Center

2908 Ten Mile Rd.
Rockford, MI 49341

November-March, Fridays:
8:30am-10:30am
April-October, Fridays:
8:30am-11:30am

NEW HOURS starting the week of 7/10/2023
Year-round, Fridays: 8:30-11:30am

Wyoming Clean Water Plant

2350 Ivanrest Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418

Mondays: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Thursdays: 7:00am-9:00am

South Kent Waste & Recycling Center

10300 South Kent Dr.
Byron Center, MI 49315

November-March, Mondays:
8:30am-10:30am
April-October, Mondays:
8:30am-11:30am

NEW HOURS starting the week of 7/10/2023
Year-round, Mondays: 8:30-11:30am

Collection Center Closings

Kent County makes every effort to make the SafeChem household hazardous waste centers available on the scheduled days and times. There are times that weather, training or other events force us to shut down, sometimes unexpectedly. Kent County reserves the right to close the SafeChem collection centers due to severe weather including wind chill, heat advisory and lightning; staff training; or other reasons at their discretion. If the local school district is closed due to a weather emergency, the hazardous waste center in that district is also closed.

Closures will be posted on this webpage and on our Facebook page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be Hazardous?

A product is considered hazardous if it has one or more of the following properties:

  • Toxic – poisonous or lethal when ingested, touched or inhaled;
  • Flammable – ignitable and burns easily;
  • Corrosive – eats through materials & living tissue; or
  • Reactive – can possibly explode or react with other chemicals.
Why take your items to the household hazardous waste program?
  • Most landfills are not equipped to handle hazardous materials;
  • Chemicals thrown in regular trash or recycling can cause fires or explosions, endangering sanitation workers and damaging equipment;
  • Oil, gas and other chemicals will cause pollution when dumped down the drain or spilled into the environment; and
  • Human, pets, wildlife, and plants can become sick when in contact with these chemicals.
How do I prepare to drop-off household hazardous waste?
  • Make sure the items you have are accepted through Kent County’s SafeChem-Household Hazardous Waste program
    • You can use our website’s Waste & Recycling Directory to search for an item or product. Kent County offered services are provided under each icon (recycling, compost, proper disposal, etc.)
    • If you’re still not sure if it’s acccepted, bring it to one of the sites so our Resource Recovery Specialists can help you determine where it should go and what next steps you’ll need to take.
  • Transportation and Handling
    • Box (or tote) your hazardous waste — don’t bag it.
    • Don’t transport hazardous waste without a lid on the container (fumes from chemicals can quickly fill your car making it unsafe to drive or could potentialy spill and mix with other chemicals)
    • Do not put any hazardous waste into a container larger than a 5 gallon bucket as our staff need to safely handle all materials and larger containers can prevent that.
    • If you need a box, tote, bucket, oil pan, or gas tank/can back for reuse, just be sure to let our staff know during your visit.
  • Let us know if you have large quantities of hazardous waste
    • We only accept residential hazardous waste — not commerical hazardous waste (businesses, schools, farms, non-profits, places of worship, etc.). Please reference the “Where can businesses, schools, or farms dispose of their hazardous waste?” FAQ further down this page for solutions to commerical hazardous waste disposal.
    • If you are a resident that does have a larger quanity of hazardous waste — larger than 6 moving boxes or 20 gallons worth — please contact our team (recycle@kentcountymi.gov or 616-632-7941) so that we can work together with you on how to best assist you with your clean-out with enough staff and equipment
  • Verify the time of the SafeChem Collection you are heading to — do not put staff, residents, and facilities at risk by dumping after-hours.
What happens to the materials we collect?

We store hazardous products in drums in these divided sheds build specifically for hazardous materials. Each section safely stores corrosive products, poisons and flammable liquids. A fire suppression system is installed in each container in case a spark or chemical reaction causes a fire. We hold materials until our contractor picks up the material which will then be recycled if possible or safely disposed of in facilities specially designed for hazardous waste.

How much does it cost to drop-off Hazardous Waste at a SafeChem location?

The SafeChem program is FREE to all Kent County residents as it is paid for by the Kent County Solid Waste Management Ordinance!

What qualifies as a "large amount" of Household Hazardous Waste?

If you have a large amount of household hazardous waste–meaning…

  • More than 6 moving boxes of hazardous waste
  • Or more than 20 gallons of hazardous waste
  • Or a container larger than a 5 gallon bucket (example: a drum)

…to drop-off at one of our SafeChem Locations, please email us (recycle@kentcountymi.gov) or call us (616-632-7941) to ensure that we are prepared with enough staff and equipment to take all of your hazardous waste.

Where can businesses, schools, or farms dispose of their Hazardous Waste?

Businesses, schools, and farms cannot dispose of their hazardous waste through Kent County’s Department of Public Works’ SafeChem Program due State of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), formally the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), manifesting and shipping requirements.

Instead, we encourage your organization to seek proper hazardous waste disposal through a commercial or industrial hazardous waste contractor. Below are a few industrial hazardous waste resources for businesses, schools, and farms to utilize:

You don't accept latex paint...so how or where do I get rid of it?

If you are unable to use up or give away your leftover latex paint, you can click here to follow the instructions for drying it out and disposing of Latex Paint.

What do I do with my empty containers that once held hazardous waste?

If your container is completely empty or contains only minimal residue and cannot be rinsed, please place the container in the trash.

If your container is still partially full or contains significant residue, please stop by the SafeChem location for proper disposal.

Locations & Hours

No appointment necessary

Holiday hours may differ

Grand Rapids

1045 Wealthy St. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Mondays: 1:30-5:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30am-11:30am
Thursdays: 1:30-5:30pm
Every 2nd Saturday: 8:30-11:00am

Home of the Swap Shop

 

Kentwood

5068 Breton SE
Kentwood, MI 49508

Tuesdays: 10:30am-1:30pm
These are new, year-round hours as of 7/10/23

 

Rockford

2908 Ten Mile
Rockford, MI 49341

Fridays: 8:30am-11:30am
These are new, year-round hours as of 7/10/23

 

Wyoming

2350 Ivanrest Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Mondays: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Thursdays: 7:00am-9:00am

 

Byron Center

10300 South Kent Dr.
Byron Center, MI 49315

Mondays: 8:30am-11:30am
These are new year-round hours as of 7/10/23

A special thank you to City of Kentwood and City of Wyoming for their SafeChem Collection site partnership!