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New EnviroMinute video focuses on composting yard waste


Composting video screen shotDid you have fun raking and bagging leaves and dead grass this fall? That's what we thought!

Next year, you could ease that chore by composting that yard waste! EGLE has produced its latest EnviroMinute video that explains how to get started with residential composting.

"Composting is a better and easier way to handle yard waste compared to raking and bagging or burning," notes Aaron Hiday, EGLE's composting coordinator.

As EGLE's handy Home Composting: Reap a Heap of Benefits info sheet points out, composting is nature's ways of turning yard clippings into a valuable soil conditioner.


  • Saves you money by reducing the need for expensive bags and commercial soil additives.
  • Helps your garden and lawn by improving the fertility and health of your soil.
  • Saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reducing water runoff.
  • Benefits the environment by recycling valuable organic resources and extending the lives of landfills.

The following items are all compostable:

  • Leaves/grass
  • Plants/brush
  • Twigs
  • Wood chips

Avoid placing the following in compost bins:

  • Meat & dairy products
  • Oily foods
  • Pet waste and
  • Logs/branches

Getting started with composting is easy. Bins are easily constructed out of wire, fencing or other materials. Purchasing a composting bin is also an option.

The composting information sheet provides additional composting pointers.

For more information on home composting see the Michigan State University Extension soil and composting web page. For information on commercial composting, see EGLE's composting website.

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