Department of Public Works

Mission Statement

Our Vision:
Implement sustainable materials management strategies to reduce dependency on landfill disposal.

Our Mission:
Foster collaborative and innovative solutions that deliver value to our stakeholders by managing discarded materials to conserve natural resources and promote a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community. 

Our Values:
  • Employees are our most valuable resource and essential in delivering our mission.
  • Visitors, customers and employees will receive prompt, courteous service that exceeds expectations.
  • We will be innovative in our thinking, thoughtful in our planning and efficient in our execution.
  • Community leadership, transparency and public-private partnerships drive our business decisions.
  • We are committed to fostering a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity. We believe that our unique differences enrich and empower the lives of all and we will work collaboratively to achieve common goals.
  • We will not compromise on safety or environmental compliance.
  • We consider today’s actions for tomorrow’s benefit.
Adopted by the Board of Public Works on August 6, 2015

The Department of Public Works acting through the Board of Public Works is an enterprise fund established by the Board of Commissioners to provide solid waste management services and water and sewer system construction, inspection, and maintenance under contract with some local units of government.

Recycling & Education Center Waste-to-Energy Facility North Kent Transfer Station South Kent Landfill

The Department is divided into two divisions: Finance and Administration and Solid Waste. The Solid Waste division has four components: Recycling and Resource Recovery, Waste-to-Energy, Landfill and Transfer Station, and Closed Landfill Remediation and Environmental Compliance. In addition to general administration and budgetary oversight, the department also helps local municipalities to secure funding for water and sewer projects, as requested.

Strategic Goals

Operational Goals

Selected Performance Measures (PDF) »

Contact Us

Department of Public Works

1500 Scribner NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

(616) 632-7920

(616) 632-7925


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