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-Mayor Virg Bernero

Mayor Virg Bernero

Yard Waste Services

There are a variety of options for handling yard waste, including curbside pick-up or on site composting, grasscycling, and mulching. Place materials at the curb on your normal collection day.

Curbside Collection

Leave, grass clippings, tree trimmings and other organic yard waste materials are picked up weekly on a seasonal basis, typically between April and November. Residents may place as much material at the curbside as needed, provided it complies with the guidelines listed below:

Option #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 #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.

PLEASE DO NOT use City of Lansing blue bags, blue carts or private waste hauler carts for yard clippings.

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:

  • Leaves 
  • Grass clippings 
  • Garden wastes (do not add weed seeds or diseased plants) 
  • Vegetable wastes
  • Fruit peelings 
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea leaves

It could take anywhere from 1 month to 2 years to make finished compost, depending on the following factors:

  • Type of compost bin or pile 
  • Balance of “green” and “brown” materials 
  • Moisture levels 
  • How often the pile is turned or aerated 
  • Size of materials (the smaller the materials, the quicker they decompose)

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:

  • Reduces the need for watering and weeding 
  • moisture in the soil 
  • Keeps soil warmer during the winter 
  • Helps control insects and diseases 
  • As natural mulch decomposes, it provides nutrients to plants and soil
601 E. South St.
Lansing, MI 48910
Ph: 517-483-4400
Fax: 517-377-0176

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