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Backyard composting is the recycling of organic waste in your own yard. Composting uses the natural process of decomposition to turn organic waste into a usable product. Using compost on your lawn and garden provides nutrients and helps soil retain moisture.
Composting is like cooking, with many variations and recipes. Here is the basic approach:
All composting “ingredients” generally fall under one of two categories – “browns” or “greens.” Browns are dry materials such as wood chips, dried leaves, grass and other plants. Greens are fresh moist materials such as grass cuttings and food scraps (avoid meats, fats and grease).
For quicker composting (1-3 months):
For slower composting (3-6 months):
Heap or pile composting is a simple method where materials are piled on top of each other directly on the ground. Materials can be added immediately or stockpiled until enough are available to make a good size heap. A small pile (2’ x 2’) tends to remain at a lower temperature and the heating process will be hindered. If possible, build at least 3’ x 3’ pile.
Isabella County Recycling Center Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
4208 E. River Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Ph: (989) 773-9631
Fx: (989) 773-0835
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
8:00 a. m. - 1:30 p.m.