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We're throwing away $52 million… Let's IMAGINE TRASH differently!

May 4, 2016

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum recently released a report that shows the composition of municipal solid waste (trash) currently landfilled and incinerated in West Michigan and quantified the economic value of this material. Kent County’s South Kent Landfill, North Kent Recycling & Waste Center and Waste-to-Energy Facilities were all included in the study during the summer of 2015.

They found that most material (75%) being disposed of could be recycled or composted without great difficulty where such services are available.

Join Kent County Department of Public Works in declaring a state of emergency in the way we generate & manage trash in West Michigan! We will imagine trash differently to reduce Kent County waste headed to landfills by 20% by 2020 and by 90% by 2030. Will you stand with us? 



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