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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.
Because it improves the soil structure and texture. It aerates the soil and increases its ability to hold water. Compost helps to loosen clay soil and helps sandy soil retain water. Compost provides nutrients to the soil and promotes healthy root development in plants.
What Can I put in my Compost pile?
- Grass clippings
- Garden wastes (do not add weed seeds or diseased plants)
- Vegetable wastes
- Fruit peelings
- Coffee grounds and tea leaves
DO NOT COMPOST MEAT, DAIRY OR OILY FOODS!
How long will it take to make finished compost?
Anywhere from 1 month to 2 years, depending on the following factors:
- Type of compost bin or pile
- Balance of "green" and "brown" materials
- Moisture levels
- How often pile is turned or aerated
- Size of materials (the smaller the materials, the quicker they decompose)
For more information, tips and trouble-shooting, please call the hotline at 483-4400 or email email@example.com