Yard & Food Waste

Composting is a great alternative to burning but beware of invasive species! Invasive species CAN NOT be composted, learn which plants are invasive in Barry County and how to handle them, here. To learn more about the effects of open burning and to find alternatives visit the Before You Burn page.

City of Hastings residents can use the City Compost Drop Site at no charge. To learn more, visit www.hastingsmi.org/compost-drop-site/

Backyard Composting
According to the Institute of Self Reliance, more than 50% of trash set at the curb is made up of compostable materials. Compostable materials include fruit and vegetable discards, eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags and leaves, herbaceous animal manure, paper towels and napkins, paper and cardboard contaminated with food, lawn clippings, leaves and twigs, sawdust and woodchips, straw and hay, and even hair and fur. These materials can be managed in your own backyard through a composting system. Composting is a natural way to break down these materials and provide you with a rich soil enhancer. 

Composting with Worms
Worms are a natural part of t
he 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. 

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