Composting for the Eastside!

We collect compostable material from residents in the Eastside neighborhoods of Lansing, Michigan. Our patrons want to turn their food scraps into compost for local gardeners. Diverting food scraps from landfills reduces methane emissions making composting a powerful tool to curtail climate change.

We offer different plans based on your address and how much material you generate:

Weekly Pickups - $28/month
This plan is for folks who generate a bunch of compostable material and need a clean bucket every Tuesday. When you sign up, we'll drop off a bucket and then start bringing you a clean bucket every Tuesday afternoon.
Every other week Pickups - $14/month
This plan is for folks who generate less compostable material and only need a clean bucket every other Tuesday (same day as recycling pickup). When you sign up, we'll drop off a bucket and then start bringing you a clean bucket on recycling day.
Dropoffs - $15/month
This plan is for folks that live outside our service area that would still like to compost their food scraps. When you sign up, you can come grab a clean bucket at our place, and then swing by and swap it out when needed.

Each plan has a $10 starting fee. Once you sign up, we will verify that you are within the service area, and then drop off a bucket. If you are doing Dropoffs, we will reach out to provide additional details. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Composting

Composting is a method of decomposing organic solid wastes into nutrient rich material that can be used to improve soil quality. With the proper mixture of organic waste, oxygen, and water, micro-organisms are able to break down organic matter to produce compost.

Composting is an aerobic process, meaning that it requires oxygen. When organic solid waste is instead placed in a landfill, it rots due to lack of oxygen and a) takes up valuable landfill space and b) produces methane gas.

Finished compost can be used as a soil amendment to improve soil quality to produce healthlier plants. By composting your food scraps and other organic material, you can help keep your waste out of the landfill and keep those nutrients local!

zora sitting on compost bucket
Zora showing off a bucket!
What We Accept

We compost the following:

  • Fruit and vegetable food scraps (please remove the PLU stickers)
  • Egg shells
  • Grains
  • Coffee grounds (and filters)
  • Tea bags
  • Black and white newspaper
  • Shredded paper
Service Area

At the moment, we are only serving the Eastside neighborhoods of Lansing. If you live just outside of the eastside, feel free to reach out and we can work something out.