Waste to Energy Facility
The WTE facility incinerates non-hazardous solid wastes from municipal and commercial operations, generating up to 16 megawatts of electricity.
Cash or check only.
Kent County Department of Public Works reserves the right to accept or reject any waste at any of our facilities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the Waste to Energy Facility only process trash from the six metro cities of Kent County? Why aren't other cities, villages, or townships included?
When the construction of the Waste to Energy facility was approved, the 6 metro cities of Kent County — Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Wyoming, Kentwood, & Grandville — were bonded in order to fund this waste disposal facility hence why trash collected with those municipal boundaries are mandated to be brought to the Waste to Energy facility for disposal.
The Kent County Waste to Energy facility is critical to Kent County’s integrated solid waste system:
- it generates electricity for 11,000 homes, about the number of residences in the City of Walker
- it’s a baseload energy source diversifying Michigan’s renewable energy portfolio
- we’ve recovered over 136,000 tons of scrap steel that would have otherwise not been recycled
- we preserved 10 years of South Kent Landfill airspace, extending the life of the landfill
- we provide good jobs for 50 employees
- it generated 96,048 KWh of electricity in 2019
Kent County’s Waste to Energy Facility is recognized by MDEQ as a Clean Corporate Citizen.
950 Market Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Kent County DPW
P.O. Box 2504
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
Hours of Service:
Monday-Friday: 5:00am-exactly 5:00pm