We encourage Lansing residents to compost leaves, grass clippings, garden wastes and other organic material by using a backyard compost pile or bin. Through the natural process of composting, leaves and grass clippings from your yard can be transformed into a nutrient-rich substance called compost. Many communities are re-discovering the ancient art of composting and the benefit of compost for building healthy soil.
Acceptable composting materials:
Garden wastes (do not add weed seeds or diseased plants)
It can take anywhere from one month to two years to make finished compost, depending on the following factors:
Balance of “green” and “brown” materials
How often the pile is turned or aerated
Size of materials (the smaller the materials, the quicker they decompose)