Resources for Waste Haulers

As of January 1, 2016, all Waste Haulers and their Vehicles shall be licensed annually and have an authorized identification decal affixed to any Vehicle used for hauling Solid Waste, in accordance with the terms of the Kent County Solid Waste Ordinance. The purpose of this Ordinance is to protect and promote public health, safety, and welfare of Kent County residents, reduce the volume of waste sent to landfills, and overall preserve and improve the environment through proper waste and landfill management.

The 2024 application will be available starting July 30, 2023. All vehicles shall display 2024 decals by October 1, 2023.

Business, Residential Trash & Recycling Services

Kent County Department of Public Works operates the processing facilities for waste and recycling. Pick-up or collection services are not provided by the County for recycling and trash from residences or businesses.

  • City of Grand Rapids Residents — Contact the City of Grand Rapids at 616-456-3232 or via their Department of Public Works website.
  • Non-City of Grand Rapids Residents — Contact a private waste hauler or the waste hauler you have hired for your services.
Waste Hauler License Application

“How do I know if I need a Waste Hauler License?”

Once you’ve determined if you need a Waste Hauler License, please have the follow ready to complete the online application (coming soon!):

  • Application fee is $30.00 and $5.00 per decal.
    • Acceptable forms of online payment: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, & Diner
  • A copy of your Certificate of Liability Insurance, minimum requirements:
Kent County Solid Waste Ordinance, 6.3 Insurance Definition:
A person that is licensed to haul Solid Waste pursuant to this Ordinance shall maintain at least the following types and amounts of insurance coverage and shall maintain all other insurance policies required by state and federal law:
Commercial General Liability: $1,000,000 per occurrence/$2,000,000 aggregate
Motor Vehicle Liability: Statutory No-Fault Coverage
$1,000,000 per occurrence combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage
Worker’s Compensation: Statutory
Employer’s Liability: $100,000 per occurrence

Waste Hauler License Application(pdf)

Emergency Closure Notice
Want notifications of emergency closures at our facilities? Complete the Emergency Closure Contact Application and email it to Alisha Barber (

Emergency Closure Application(pdf)

Questions regarding the notification procedure? Contact Alisha Barber at 616-632-7921 or

Receipt & Invoice Issues

Contact Neisha Lane at 616-632-7929 or

Available Payment Options & Credit Account Info
Waste delivery payment options: Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and Diner

Complete the Credit Application and email it to Becky Dyer (

Credit Applications (pdf)

Questions regarding the credit application procedure? Contact Becky Dyer at 616-632-7926 or 

Facility Rules & Regulations
  • North Kent Waste & Recycling Center (North Kent Transfer Station) and South Kent Waste & Recycling Center (South Kent Landfill)
    • Rules & Regulations
  • Recycling & Education Center
    • Rules & Regulations
  • Waste to Energy facility
    • Rules & Regulations
Special Waste, Landfill Prohibited Materials, and Manifest for Disposal

Landfill Prohibited Materials/Items & Special Wastes

  • Special Waste Characterization Form
    • Contact Adam Canute at 616-632-7917 or
Special Burns at Waste to Energy Facility (incinerator)

To request a Special Burn appointment, click here.
(Special burns are done only upon pre-authorization and scheduled appointment only)

Special Burn questions? Contact Julian Anthony at 616-481-8738 or 

Helpful Resources

English (pdf)

Spanish (pdf)