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January/February 2020

"I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use." – Mother Teresa

Project Updates

Support grows for Sustainable Business Park

For the past four years the Kent County Department of Public Works (KCDPW) has promoted a 90 percent waste reduction goal by 2030.  The focal point of achieving this goal is the development of the Sustainable Business Park on land south of the South Kent Landfill. 

As word has spread of this visionary approach to landfill diversion, business leaders in the region are making their support public.  Recently, Steelcase and the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum have issued support for KCDPW’s Sustainable Business Park concept.  If you individually or your organization want to join these zero waste leaders, please send a public expression of support to Kristen Wieland at

Any level of documentation will be enough; an email, a formal letter or a statement on your social media outlets will help.

Road upgrade designation moving forward

Progress to re-designate portions of Clyde Park and 14th Avenues from a local road to an “all season-all weather” county primary has advanced.  The road sections proposed for reclassification are from 100th St. on the north in Kent County and 144th St on the south in Allegan County.  

Both the Allegan and Kent County Road Commissions have been great partners in this road upgrade designation. Improvements to the Clyde Park-14th Avenue road segments will be necessary for good access to the proposed Sustainable Business Park.
Site survey delineates wetlands

Funded by an MEDC Site Readiness Grant, Fishbeck is continuing property investigation and due diligence, infrastructure analysis and preliminary design efforts on the future site of the Sustainable Business Park. 

Fishbeck has delineated wetlands on the property and is locating them on property maps to assist in the land planning process. The State of Michigan will review the wetland report and visit the property in April to confirm the wetlands and determine what regulations apply.
They have also completed a survey of the perimeter of the properties and collecting aerial photogrammetry and topographic information of 250 acres. Survey information is also being collected for the surrounding public right-of-way and utilities in the surrounding area which could be extended to serve the Sustainable Business Park. This includes evaluating options and routes for utility connections and their associated costs.

WWJ Newsradio: Michigan ranks 1st for states with the most buried trash per capita

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Recycling Today: Waste Management becomes a Recycling Demand Champion, partners with Cascade Cart Solutions

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US Chamber of Commerce: Circular economy could save Great Lakes Region up to $5 Billion

Dezeen: London's mayor calls on architects to design for a circular economy 


An Advisory Committee has been established to help guide the decision making associated with creating a Sustainable Business Park utilizing the 250 acres of property owned by Kent County in Allegan County just south of the 100th Street landfill.

Allegan County
Jeff Miling, Dorr Township Supervisor
Mark DeYoung, Allegan County Commissioner
Gale Dugan, Allegan County Commissioner
Kent County
Tom Hooker, Byron Township Supervisor
Emily Brieve, Kent County Commissioner
Phil Skaggs, Kent County Commissioner



Allegan County 
Byron Township
Dorr Township
Kent County Board of Public Works
Kent County DPW


Sustainable Business Parks Master Plan (pdf)

Sustainable Business Park Handout (pdf)
Strategy to ReImagine Trash (pdf)

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