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Residential Recycling and Composting in Kent County


The City of Grand Rapids offers free curbside recycling to residents and accepts a wide variety of materials, including plastics (#1 through #7), glass, batteries, and more. If you live outside the City limits, Kent County operates two drop-off locations for recyclables in Kentwood and Rockford. The Kentwood Recycling Center, located at 5068 Breton, is open Monday through Friday. At 2908 Ten Mile Rd., the North Kent Transfer Station accepts materials Monday through Saturday. Residents of Kent County can also obtain curbside bins from their private waste haulers, although an additional fee is usually charged.

The most up-to-date information on recycling in Kent County can be found on the Access Kent web site.


Department of Public Works

Kent County's Department of Public Works has a web site offering a wide variety of recycling information for residents.

Find a recycling center near you

This resource is provided by Earth 911 and allows you to search a database of recycling services across the country. You can find facilities near you that accept anything from municipal solid waste, compostable waste and used motor oil to construction materials, cell phones and computers.

New Soil

Located in Grand Rapids, MI, New Soil is a green waste collection and commercial composting business committed to enabling our customers to go green while saving green. They aim to engage the community in environmentally conscious activites and actions.


Organicycle is a Grand Rapids based organic waste collection and consulting company that establishes, manages and helps you to market your sustainable efforts. It’s low-cost service will also help business & home owners to lower monthly trash costs and frequency, meaning you’re sending less waste to the landfill. Organicycle’s processing partners convert your waste into reusable materials such as compost, or renewable energy such as bio ethanol using new waste-to-energy-technologies.

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