Working Hard in the Yard? Here’s What to Do with the Waste

By Rachael on October 5, 2016

Pile of fall leaves with fan rake on lawn

Updated January 2021

You know how it goes. You spend the whole weekend working on the yard, only to end up with a huge pile of lawn clippings and multiple piles of leaves. Even though they make a good place for your kids to play, you probably don’t want to leave them there for long. So what do you do with all that yard waste?

We don’t recommend burning yard waste (check out local restrictions first) or throwing your leaves over the fence into your neighbor’s yard (it’s not very nice). What about trashing them? Since 1995, yard waste has been banned from landfills in Michigan. That means you can’t just put your lawn clippings or leaves in with your trash or you’ll be breaking the law. However, you do have a number of different options for getting rid of them:

  • Granger offers yard waste collection to customers in much of our service territory. Weekly, seasonal collection is available for an annual subscription. Just bag your materials and put them out at the curb. It doesn’t get much easier. Click here for details about yard waste collection and fill out the request service form to determine if yard waste collection is available to you and get a quote for service.
  • You can also bring your yard waste to the Granger Disposal Center of Lansing or Granger Disposal Center of Jackson. Click here for directions and pricing.
  • Many communities offer yard waste pickup or drop-off options close to home. Check with your township or municipality to find out what is available in your area.
  • And don’t forget backyard composting. There are many resources out there to help you get started. Besides giving you a convenient location to deposit the fruits of your yard work, you can also end up with a valuable product to use in next spring’s garden.

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