GBB has been selected by the Kent County, MI Department of Public Works (DPW) to develop a Master Plan for 200+ acres of property to convert waste materials into marketable products. As part of its long-term vision to implement Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) strategies, the DPW is pursuing the development of the Sustainable Business Park as a key component of its SMM system, to house facilities to recover discarded materials, to reuse and recycle the recovered material, and to convert non-recyclable material into intermediate products or to recover the energy value of those discards. Joining GBB for this key assignment as planning partners are Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., a local Grand Rapids-based Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Architecture, and Construction Management firm; Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, a local stakeholders engagement communications firm; and Stern Brothers & Co., an independent investment banking firm who provides various public and private infrastructure finance opportunities. Stern Brothers is one of the nation's largest certified 100% woman-owned business enterprise investment bank.
The long-term goal for the Sustainable Business Park is to displace landfill use for disposal of waste materials as much as possible by attracting new business ventures that will not only recover waste materials, but also convert them into new, domestically manufactured, products through innovative technologies. As part of the assignment, the GBB Project Team will conduct stakeholders' meetings; perform waste stream and market analyses; evaluate technologies; develop a Master Plan for the design and construction of necessary public infrastructure; research funding sources; and evaluate how the services provided by the Resource Park tenants might interact with Kent County's existing waste management infrastructure.
Visit Kent County’s Reimagine Trash website to learn more about the ambitious project!
Below are regularly updated links to the latest news and information about the Sustainable Business Park:
Turning Trash Into Money is Going to Take a Community Effort
February 8, 2018 – Rapid Growth Media
Reimagining Waste in Kent County
January 2018 – County Presentation
Reimagine Trash Sustainable Business Park
November 2017 – 3-minute stakeholder video
West Michigan’s Construction Industry Grapples with Diverting Waste from Landfills
November 26, 2017 – MiBiz.com
Kent County, MI Upgrading MRF and Planning 'Sustainable Business Park' to Save Landfill
November 22, 2017 – WasteDive
County Eyes 90 Percent Waste Reduction
November 20, 2017 – WZZM-13 ABC Coverage
Landfill or Sustainable Business Park? Michigan County Considers the Question
November 20, 2017 – Environmental Leader
County Eyes 90 Percent Waste Reduction – Department of Public Works Hopes to Build a Sustainable Business Park that Will Allow Reuse of High-Value Items Among Incoming Refuse
November 17, 2017 – Grand Rapids Business Journal
Michigan County Considers Building Sustainable Business Park
November 17, 2017 – Associated Press
Sustainable Business Park at Bryon Center Landfill Could Be 'Long Term Solution'
November 15, 2017 – WGVU News
Sustainable Business Park Planned in Shadow of Kent County landfill
November 9, 2017 – Mlive
Kent County Public Works Staff to Meet with Community About Plan to Reduce Waste
November 9, 2017 – Michigan Radio – NPR
GBB to Develop Master Plan for Kent County, Mich.’s Resource Park
August 18, 2017 – Waste360
Kent County Report: Review of Opportunities for Zero Waste to Landfills for Industries
August 27, 2015 – Report prepared by GBB
"In 2016, we set a roadmap to achieve 20% reduction in landfilled waste by 2020, and 90% by 2030, to bring Kent County closer to a circular economy system. A key component of that strategy is the successful establishment of the Resource Park.
The GBB Project Team has proven that it's up to the challenge with the combination of a clear understanding of our vision, a sensible project approach, past success stories, strength of the project team, and recent projects performed for the County."
Director Kent County, Department of Public Works
"As evidenced by China's recent waste import ban, America's recycling future is highly dependent upon the development of domestic outlets for its recovered materials.
Resource Parks, such as the one envisioned for Kent County, can play a vital role in the development of that domestic capacity while providing green collar jobs for local communities."
GBB Senior Vice President