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Composting

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Composting

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!

 

Preview of the web map showing the locations of the composting facilities in Michigan.
Preview of the web map showing the locations of the composting facilities in Michigan.

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.


Launch web map

View the locations of the composting facilities in Michigan.

Access data

The data used in this map is available to download and to view as a table.

Maps and data portal

Find all of EGLE's web maps and open data centralized to one location.

Crossroads

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

Marijuana

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.

Talking Trash: Composting Video

Talking Trash: Composting

Composting can be done on a small scale at home - or on a large-scale commercial basis like at Hammond Farms, in Lansing, which has compost windrows the length of two football fields. Country Oaks Landscape Supply, another commercial composter in Burton, even captures the heat generated from composting and uses it to heat an onsite greenhouse and aquaponic system.

Learn more about EGLE's Compost Coordinators