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Kent County DPW Swap Shop offers free household items


Who doesn’t like a bargain? And “free” is the best kind of offer…

Well, you can get free home, auto, and garden supplies right here in Kent County!

Kent County Department of Public Works Swap Shop offers free household supplies

I did not know the Kent County Public Works Department‘Swap Shop existed until I saw a recent post about this in the Grand Rapids Subreddit – That’s such a good idea!

Operating out of Kent County’s SafeChem facility at 1045 Wealthy St. SW, the Swap Shop allows residents free use of new or like-new products like antifreeze, insect repellent, weed killer, motor oil , light bulbs and household cleaners.

The products were collected from Kent County’s five SafeChem drop-off locations where residents can dispose of their toxic or hazardous materials.

The DPW says,

Our SafeChem Exchange Store is an opportunity for Kent County residents to “shop” and reuse these items, helping them avoid landfill and fulfill their intended use.

Kent County Public Works Department

Kent County Department of Public Works / Reddit user chemboot 7

SafeChem Exchange Shop Hours:

  • Mondays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7.30am-11.30pm
  • Every second Saturday of the month from 8.30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The DPW that you take what you need and use what you take. If you are unable to use them all, they ask that you please return them to one of the SafeChem drop-off stations during designated hours for responsible disposal.

Where to Dispose of Toxic Chemicals in Kent County

The Kent County DPW says hazardous waste (toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive items) can be hazardous to the health of people, pets and the environment if disposed of improperly.

In addition to the Wealthy St. SafeChem depot site, there are also the locations below in West Michigan:

  • 5068 Breton SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
  • 2908 Ten Mile, Rockford, MI 49341
  • 2350 Ivanrest Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
  • 10300 South Kent Drive SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

Find more information on what they will accept, hours, and more here.

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