Michigan County maintains disposal fee for 2023

Michigan’s Kent County Board of Public Works decided to maintain disposal fees at all Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) facilities for the coming year at an Oct. 6 meeting. . Disposal fees, or tipping fees, apply to all carriers delivering material to the Grand Rapids Recycling and Education Center, Kent County Waste-to-Energy Facility operated by Covanta and county-owned at Grand Rapids, South Kent Landfill at Byron Center and North Kent Transfer Station at Rockford. The Residential Recycling Depot remains free to all Kent County residents.

“The Kent County Public Works Department has worked strategically to keep costs low, including reducing expenses and maximizing revenue,” Kent County DPW Director Dar Baas said in a press release. on fees. “After a few years of increasing our disposal fees to compensate for lower recycling product prices, capital improvements to the waste-to-energy facility and general increases in the operating costs of our facilities, we are able to keep our rates where they are and still provide the services our community has come to expect.

Carriers pay by the ton to deliver material to a DPW facility in Kent County. The rate at the South Kent Landfill and North Kent Transfer Station will remain at $46.10 per tonne for general waste in 2023. The Energy Waste Facility dumping fee will remain at $74 per ton, and fees for carriers delivering recycling to recycling and education. Center will remain at $70 per ton for Kent County loads and $75 per ton for non-Kent County loads. All solid waste disposal rates are available on the Kent County DPW website at www.reimagintrash.org.

Kent County DPW also charges $1.68 per ton for landfill and waste-to-energy to fund the monitoring and treatment of closed landfills in Kent County. Recently, the surcharge funded on-site treatment equipment for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the closed North Kent landfill.

“The Public Works Board is committed to evaluating and making decisions about disposal fees that keep our facilities and services running today and into the future,” said Board Chair Emily Breve. Kent County Public Works. “We believe keeping tipping fees the same for next year provides consistency and stability for waste haulers and the customers they serve, who are constantly adjusting to increases in fuel and personnel costs.”

Over the coming year, the Kent County DPW said it plans to seek approval for the first phase of a sustainable business park, which includes a mixed waste processor that will be able to divert up to to 60% of municipal solid waste currently disposed of in landfill. If approved, the mixed waste processor, Kent County BioEnergy Facility LLC, could be operational by 2026, according to the DPW.

The South Kent landfill is set to reach capacity and close in 2029, requiring a solution to divert waste or construct a new landfill. Kent County DPW says it is working toward a more integrated, countywide waste management solution that could result in future changes to tipping fees.

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