Backyard Composting

CART encourages Lansing residents to compost leaves, grass clippings, garden wastes and other organic material by using a backyard compost pile or bin. Through the natural process of composting, leaves and grass clippings from your yard can be transformed into a nutrient-rich substance called compost. Many communities are re-discovering the ancient art of composting and the benefit of compost for building healthy soil.

It can take anywhere from one month to two years to make finished compost, depending on the following factors:
  • Balance of “green” and “brown” materials
  • How often the pile is turned or aerated
  • Moisture levels
  • Size of materials (the smaller the materials, the quicker they decompose)
  • Type of compost bin or pile

Acceptable Composting Materials:


  • Coffee grounds
  • Fruit peelings
  • Garden wastes (do not add weed seeds or diseased plants)
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Tea leaves
  • Vegetable wastes