Since March 28, 1995, the burning of yard clippings has been banned in municipalities of 7,500 or more in population, unless specifically authorized by local ordinance. A list of Michigan townships and cities with populations greater than 7,500 with open burning ordinances can be found on the Michigan DEQ website. The primary method of handling yard clippings since the landfill ban has been composting. Composting by homeowners is not required, but it is strongly encouraged. For information about starting backyard composting, contact your local county Cooperative Extension Service.
Since March 28, 1995, yard clippings have been banned from disposal in Michigan municipal solid waste landfills. This ban does not apply to diseased or infested yard clippings. Section 324.11506(7) of Part 115, Solid Waste Management, of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (Act 451) defines yard clippings as follows:
• Grass clippings
• Vegetable or other garden debris
• Shrubbery, or brush or tree trimmings, less than 4 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter
Yard clippings do not include:
• Agricultural wastes
• Animal waste
• Sewage sludge
• Diseased or infested or invasive plants, such as garlic mustard, purple loosestrife, or spotted knapweed, underneath ‘stumps’.
Call for details on what is accepted, how to prepare materials and associated disposal fees.
City or Township Office: Contact your city or township office to ask if they provide yard waste drop-off locations.
Private Waste Hauler: Many waste hauling companies also provide yard waste disposal pick-up. Contact your waste hauler directly.
Information on home composting:
Kent County MSU Extension Office
775 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids
Master Gardener help-line, 888-678-3464
General assistance, (616) 632-7865
Composting, soil testing, mowing and mulching tips and fertilizer advice.
West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)
1007 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids
Maintains a library of environmental topics and resources.
Cannonsburg Wood Products10251 Northland Drive
Rockford, MI 49341
Accepts brush, scrap wood, leaves, and grass clippings – charge based on load size. Large logs and untreated pallets can be dropped off at no charge. No railroad ties, stumps, or roots.
City of Grand Rapids Recycling & Refuse201 Market Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Fees may apply.
Fillmore Compost Operation/ Top Grade Aggregates, LLC10501 Fillmore
Zeeland, MI 49464
Accepts yard waste at a fee ($5/cy, $20 minimum)
Full Circle Recycle: Recycling Aggregates3233 Broadmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Accepts concrete, asphalt, ceramic and porcelain toilets & sinks, stone, gravel at no cost. Will resell concrete, asphalt and various aggregates.
Accepts yard waste at a cost (call ahead to determine cost).
Green Rock Landscape Supply9860 14 Mile Road NE
Rockford, MI 49341
Accepts non-treated wood only. No leaves or lawn clippings. Open April through October, please call ahead.
Kamps2900 Peach Ridge NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Accepts non-treated wood less than 4” in diameter. No leaves or lawn clippings.
New Soil1296 Chicago Dr.
Jenison, MI 49428
New Soil offers commercial composting for businesses.
Organicycle5721 Division Ave South. Suite B
Wyoming, MI 49548
Accepts the following materials for composting: Paperboard, Cardboard, Christmas Trees, Food Waste, Newspaper, all types of Paper (including clean, printed or soiled paper), Sawdust, Untreated Wood (pallets, branches, trees, etc),
Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings, stumps, etc.). Fee-based curbside pickup service available.
Phoenix Resources10309 Morse Lake Avenue
Alto, MI 49302
Accepts unpainted gypsum wallboard scrap from new construction. Also accepts any organic material, brush, leaves, food waste and compostable paper. Fees may apply.
Pitsch Companies675 Richmond
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Operates a salvage store open to the public. Accepts yard waste ($15 per ton) and stumps ($45 per ton)
Accepts untreated wood less than 12″ in diameter including pallets & brush.
Spurt Industries5024 Adams Road
Zeeland, MI 49464
Accepts: Yard/organic waste, brush, logs/stumps, construction wood waste (non-treated), clean wood (structural lumber, pallets, solid wood, Accepts leaves, grass, paper, cardboard, vegetable waste, sawdust, trees, sticks, and tree limbs less than four inches in diameter. No logs or stumps. Fees may apply.