Backyard Composting

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 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
  • Moisture levels
  • Size of materials (the smaller the materials, the quicker they decompose)
  • Type of compost bin or pile