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Commercial Composting

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Commercial Composting

Yard clippings are defined as 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.

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

The EGLE Composting Program has switched to online reporting for compost facilities.

Registrations and Annual Reporting will be completed through an online reporting platform.

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

EGLE has created accounts for existing facilities. If your facility did not receive an account but needs to register as a composting facility, please follow the steps below.

1. Create a Re-TRAC account

  • Visit and enter your e-mail address that will be used as your login. If possible, it is recommended to use a generic organizational email address that multiple staff can access. Fill out the prompts to create your account.

2. Login to Re-TRAC Connect

  • 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

  • Click "Find Programs" at the top left-hand side of the page. 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.

Registration, Report, and Fees

Compost facilities are required to register with EGLE every three years, and the registration must be submitted along with a $600 fee. Along with these registrations, facilities are required to report annually through the Michigan Compost Authorization Program.

These fees can be paid online through EGLE's Composting Payment Portal or by mail at:

Standard US Postal Service
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Compost Program
P.O. Box 30657 
Lansing, Michigan 48909-8157

Overnight Delivery 
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Accounting Service Center
425 West Ottawa Street
Lansing, Michigan 48933