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Department of Public Works

North Kent Transfer Station

2908 Ten Mile Rd.
Rockford, MI 49341
Phone: (616) 877-4192
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Operating Hours:
Monday - Saturday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday & holidays

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Disposal Fees

Unacceptable Waste

Terms of payment: cash, check, or credit card*
*additional 3% convince fee when using a credit card. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover only.


Material Description Rate Per Ton
General Refuse $36.10
Environmental & Safety Fee $0.50
Michigan Surcharge $0.36

Minimum Charges
Unit Minimum Charge *
Car load - trunk only $19.25
Pickup, van or SUV load $29.25
Trailer load (nothing in vehicle) $29.25
Car and trailer loaded $39.25
Truck and trailer loaded $49.25
Tires (up to 42” diameter) **$4.00 each
Large Tires (over 42 - 50” diameter) **$6.00 each
Propane Tanks (20 LB or less) $3.00 each
Propane Tanks (larger than 20 LB) $25.00 each
Appliances (with & without Freon) $20.00 each
Mattress or box spring (as of April 1, 2012) $10.00 each
Consumer Electronics (list of acceptable items) No fee (limit 3 TVs per resident)

*Vehicles which exceed the gross weight limits for their DPW Vehicle Class must leave a deposit, be weighed in and out, and will be charged the Minimum Charge or the Rate Per Ton, whichever is greater. An estimated deposit is required to cover the cost of the load, no less than $30

**Accepts up to 20 clean tires at a time or up to 4 cut tires (8 pieces).


The North Kent Transfer Station is designed to transfer waste to a solid waste landfill. The waste is placed on a concrete floor, compacted and then loaded into a transfer trailer and transported to a solid waste landfill.

The transfer station provides a convenient means for self-haul disposal for residents and commercial haulers in the northern half of Kent County. The proximity of this facility helps keep refuse costs lower for residents in the rural areas by keeping haulers’ transportation costs lower.

Environmental Programs

Recycling Center

A recycling center is open during normal business hours for household recyclables at the North Kent Transfer Station. Recycling containers are labeled according to the materials that can be placed into them.

To view a list of items accepted for recycling, see our recycling webpage.

Electronics Recycling Program

Individuals can drop off electronic devices at the North Kent Transfer Station during normal business hours. See the list of electronic items we accept at our household waste guide. Other drop-off sites are located at the South Kent Landfill and the Recycling & Education Center. There is no cost for Kent County residents to participate in the Electronics Recycling Program.

The Electronics Recycling Program is for residential electronics recycling only. See our online waste guide for business recycling.

Metal Recovery Program

Appliances and bulky items are accepted for scrap metal recovery. A handling fee is applied to all appliances that covers the cost of Freon removal by a certified contractor (if necessary) and transportation costs to a metal dealer.

Tire Disposal

Up to 20 clean, whole tires (or 4 cut tires equaling up to 8 pieces) can be accepted at a time at the transfer station. The small disposal fee covers transportation expenses, since whole tires cannot be incorporated into a landfill. A person who transports seven (7) or more scrap tires in any load is required to document where the tires originated.

Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW)

Set up an appointment to drop off unwanted household hazardous waste online or call (616) 336-2570. Appointments are scheduled weekly at the North Kent Transfer Station. Other HHW centers are in northwest Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and Wyoming. See what materials are accepted and other disposal alternatives on our Household Hazardous Waste webpage. There is no cost for Kent County residents to participate in the Household Hazardous Waste Program.

Battery Collection Program

Household batteries can contain heavy metals and hazardous materials. The Kent County Department of Public Works has battery collection containers at many facilities throughout the county, including the North Kent Transfer Station, to collect household batteries to minimize their harmful effects on the environment.

Contact Us

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1500 Scribner NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

(616) 632-7920

(616) 632-7925


Darwin Baas, Director

Kimberly Williams, Finance Director

Molly Sherwood, Environmental Compliance Manager

Dan Rose, Solid Waste Operations Manager

Nic VanderVinne, Resource Recovery & Recycling Manager

Paul Smith, Waste-to-Energy Operations Manager

Kristen Wieland, Marketing & Communications Manager

Alisha Barber, Office Administrator

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