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Composting

Contact: Duane Roskoskey 517-582-3445

Facilities that manage yard clippings (leaves, grass clippings, vegetable or other garden debris, shrubbery, or brush and tree trimmings less than 4 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter) are required to manage them using one of the following options: 
  • Composted at the property where they came from.
  • Temporarily accumulated under specific conditions at a site before moving to another location.
  • Composted at a farm registered with the Department of Agriculture under specific conditions.
  • Composted at a composting facility registered with the DEQ.
  • Composted and used under specific conditions at a licensed solid waste landfill.
  • Composted at a processing plant meeting Part 115 requirements.
  • Composted at a site that has not more than 200 cubic yards of yard clippings if no nuisance is created.
  • Decomposed in a controlled manner using a closed container to create and maintain anaerobic conditions (e.g. anaerobic digester).
  • Disposed of at a landfill if diseased or infested or the material is an invasive plant collected through an eradication or control program and inappropriate to compost.

Facilities managing over 200 cubic yards of yard clippings must register with the DEQ.  For composting facility information:  List of DEQ Registered Composting Facilities.


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NOTE:  THIS REGISTRATION FORM MUST BE SUBMITTED ALONG WITH THE $600 FEE TO:   

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY 
OFFICE OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 
REVENUE CONTROL/CASHIER'S OFFICE 
P.O. BOX 30657 
LANSING, MICHIGAN 48909-8157 

For OVERNIGHT DELIVERY: 

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY 
OFFICE OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 
REVENUE CONTROL/CASHIER'S OFFICE 
CONSTITUTION HALL 
525 WEST ALLEGAN STREET 
LANSING, MI 48933 

These forms represent a sample format of the records that must be kept according to Section 11521(4)(d)(ii).  The forms can be changed to meet your individual needs but they must contain all the information contained on these examples.   

Compost Facility Operational Records 

Volume Tracking 


REGULATIONS
 

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 •  Solid Waste Fees
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