Composting

Contact: Aaron Hiday hidaya@michigan.gov 517-282-7546
Agency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Compost Operator Training - Presentations
Compost Operator Guidebook 

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: 

  • Compost SiteComposted 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 EGLE.
  • 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 EGLE.  For composting facility information:  List of EGLE Registered Composting Facilities.


RESOURCES 


FORMS 

  • Compost Registration/Renewal Form (PDF) or (WORD)


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

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, GREAT LAKES, AND ENERGY
COMPOST PROGRAM
P.O. BOX 30657 
LANSING, MICHIGAN 48909-8157

For OVERNIGHT DELIVERY

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, GREAT LAKES, AND ENERGY
ACCOUNTING SERVICE CENTER
425 WEST OTTAWA STREET
LANSING, MICHIGAN 48933

 

Annual Reporting

EGLE is excited to announce that the Compost Program is switching to online reporting. Annual Reporting for 2021 will be completed through an online reporting platform called Re-TRAC Connect.

EGLE is working to make this a smooth transition by creating accounts for all currently registered facilities. E-mails have been sent to these facilities to give them access to their accounts.

Annual Reporting is due by October 30, 2021.  *Annual reports are not officially submitted until all available surveys have been submitted as complete*

If you did not receive an e-mail, but believe that you should be included in this program please follow these instructions: Guide to joining Re-TRAC

  1. Create a Re-TRAC account
    1. Visit https://connect.re-trac.com and enter your e-mail address that will be used as your login. It is recommended to use a generic organizational email address that multiple staff can access, if possible. Fill out the prompts to create your account.
  2. Login to Re-TRAC Connect
    1. Once you have an account, login to Re-TRAC Connect using your e-mail and password.
  3. Find the EGLE Program you want to join
    1. Click "Find Programs" at the top left-hand side of the page
    2. Search "Michigan Compost Authorization Program" and select "Join Program"
  4. EGLE will then receive an email that you have requested to join the program.
  5. EGLE will accept or deny your request. If accepted, complete all available surveys.

 

REGULATIONS