Yard Waste Services

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There are a variety of options for handling yard waste, including curbside pick-up or on site composting, "grasscycling," and mulching. 

Curbside Collection

Leaves, grass clippings, tree trimmings, and other organic yard waste materials are picked up weekly on a seasonal basis, typically between April and November. This service is funded by the annual recycling/yard waste fee assessed to each single family property on the Winter Property taxes.  Residents may place as much material at the curbside as needed, provided it complies with the guidelines listed below:

Option No. 1

  • Place materials in paper yard waste bags. 
  • Paper bags are available at many local grocery and convenience stores. Bags weighing over 30 pounds will not be collected. 
  • Yard waste placed in plastic bags will not be accepted.

Option No. 2

  • Bundle brush and tree trimmings securely with string or twine (NO wire).
  • Branches must be less than 4 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter.
  • Place materials at the curb on the normal collection day.
  • Please do not use City of Lansing blue bags, blue carts, or private waste hauler carts for yard clippings.
The seasonal yard waste collection will end the week of November 25, 2019.  Place materials at the curb on your normal collection day.

Backyard Composting

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:
  • Coffee grounds
  • Fruit peelings
  • Garden wastes (do not add weed seeds or diseased plants)
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Tea leaves
  • Vegetable wastes
It could 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
  • Moisture levels
  • Size of materials (the smaller the materials, the quicker they decompose)
  • Type of compost bin or pile


Grasscycling simply means leaving the clippings on the lawn after mowing. This returns valuable nutrients to the soil, saves the time and effort of bagging the clippings and minimizes the expense of curbside collection.

Grass clippings do not cause thatch! Clippings are about 85% water and contain a great deal of nitrogen. Thatch is the remains of woody portions of the grass plants and is often the result of over-fertilizing and excessive watering.


Shredded leaves, grass clippings, hay, straw, pine needles and other yard materials can be used as mulch. Place mulch around flowers, vegetables, bushes, and trees.

Mulch provides the following benefits:
  • As natural mulch decomposes, it provides nutrients to plants and soil
  • Helps control insects and diseases
  • Keeps soil warmer during the winter
  • moisture in the soil
  • Reduces the need for watering and weeding