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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy


Do you throw away your kitchen scraps, toss leftovers, or dispose of yard waste?

If so, composting may be for you!

Composting is good for the environment. Unlike landfills that can release methane, a greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change, composting breaks down organic material without releasing methane into the atmosphere.

Composting produces what gardeners call "black gold," a nutrient rich soil supplement that holds moisture and will help your garden grow.

There are many ways to compost - you can find a composter or community garden near you that takes food scraps and organic materials, or you can even compost in your own backyard! Use the resources below to help find a fit for you and your family!


Michigan Compost Facilities and Commercial Anaerobic Digesters Web Map

Locations of Registered Anaerobic Digesters that are regulated by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and locations of Compost Facilities registered and/or permitted with EGLE. Additional Materials Management Facilities can also be found on this web map.

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Composting at Home

Residential Composting

At-home composting can be an easy way to use the food and yard waste from your home.


Aerial view of Ann Arbor's expanded composting operations

Commercial Composting

Facilities managing over 200 cubic yards of yard clippings must register with EGLE.


Food waste being composted

Food Waste and Recovery

Each day in the US approximately one pound of food per person is wasted.

Composting for Teachers

School Resources

School composting provides endless educational opportunities and can be tied in with the growing popularity of school gardens.

Leaf Litter in a Yard Waste Only Bucket

Leaf Litter

Residents  are encouraged to compost, schedule pick-up with a local waste providers, or find a drop off location for composting yard waste.

Cannabis Waste Composting


Cannabis cultivation and processing are expanding, as hemp and both recreational and medical marijuana products are being legalized across the country.

Finished wildlife habitat

Storm Debris Use

Storm debris can be used to build wildlife habitat.

EGLE Career Series - Compost Coordinator Video

EGLE Career Series - Compost Coordinator

Aaron Hiday is EGLE's Compost Coordinator in the Materials Management Division. Learn how and why Aaron encourages composting at the household and commercial level and what that looks like on a daily basis. Check out EGLEs full Career Series playlist to learn about more of our staff. Visit to learn more about what EGLE does.

Learn more about EGLE's Compost Coordinators