Yard & Food Waste
Historically yard waste (leaves, brush, branches, etc.) has been burned in rural areas in order to remove it from the grounds. However, burning yard waste (although seemingly all natural substances) has negative effects on the air we breathe, our lakes and the environment as a whole. To learn more about the effects of open burning and to find alternatives follow this link.
As much as 35% of household waste is made up of organic materials such as such as vegetative food scraps from the kitchen, dead houseplants, leaves, twigs, grass clippings, garden trimmings and weeds. These materials can be managed in your own backyard through a composting system. Composting is a natural way to breakdown these materials and provide you with a rich soil enhancer called compost.
Backyard Composting Resources:
Learn How to Compost
Michigan Organics Council - Impacts of Compost
Composting with Worms
Worms are a natural part of the decomposition of organic materials and can be used to manage your kitchen scraps. Setting up and managing a worm bin is a fun and educational way to get the whole family involved in creating a healthy nutrient for plants.