In October of 2021, I moved back home to West Michigan from San Antonio with my wife Lindsey. After almost six months we were finally able to find a house and move in.

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We're still in the process of unboxing our things and the boxes were starting to pile up so in an effort to try and help other people that are getting ready to move my wife suggested we post the boxes we will no longer need online.

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We had several people swing by and take some of the 40-plus boxes. We were left with 7 big boxes and lots of moving paper. My wife Lindsey who knows way more than me found online that you can drop off recycling items for free in Kent County.

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Kent County Department of Public Works Offers Free Recycling

You can drive to one of the Kent County Department of Public Works recycling centers and drop off the following items for free.

Dropping Off Items At The Wealthy Street Recycling Drop-Off Station

I took the remaining boxes that were not picked up and loaded them into my car. I had so many that even with the back seats of my SUV down I could barely squeeze myself into the driver's seat.

When I pulled up in front of the building I saw the recycling drop-off location.

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Several signs were posted outside the drop-off window so you could make sure what you were dropping off was in fact recyclable.

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As I was unloading my final few boxes I got a little curious about what was behind the curtain so I had to stick my arm through and use my phone to snag a picture of where my old cardboard boxes were going.

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What I saw was quite impressive, check out how compacted some of those piles are.

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What If I'm Not Sure How To Dispose Of Something?

The Kent County Department of Public Works has a really great tool that allows you to simply type in what you want to recycle or dispose of and it will tell you what to do so there is no guessing. You can check it out by clicking here

Kent County Recycling Locations

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Kent County offers two recycling locations.

GRAND RAPIDS RECYCLING STATION @ RECYCLING & EDUCATION CENTER

977 Wealthy SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Monday-Fridays 7:30am-4:30pm

ROCKFORD RECYCLING STATION @ nORTH KENT TRANSFER STATION

2908 Ten Mile Rd.
Rockford, MI 49341
Monday-Saturdays 7:30am-5:00pm

Wealthy St. Single-Stream Recycling Drop-Off Is Reopened

About The Kent County Board of Public Works

The Kent County Department of Public Works and Board of Public Works was created by the Kent County Board of Commissioners, as authorized by Public Act 185. The Department of Public Works is considered an agency of the County under the general control of the Kent County Board of Commissioners and under the immediate control of the Board of Public Works. The Kent County Board of Commissioners appoints the 7 member Board of Public Works members, made up of 5 elected County Commissioners, the elected Drain Commissioner, and a Road Commissioner.

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