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Emmet County Compost Center

No “back-forty” for a compost or brush pile? Drop off your yard waste at the Emmet County Compost Center. It’s part of the Drop-off Center at 7363 Pleasantview Road outside of Harbor Springs. We collect it in two groups based on whether we have to have it ground.

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Yard Waste

What:

Non-woody

  • weeds
  • stems,
  • leaves
  • grass clippings, and
  • twigs

Where:

The Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center
7363 S Pleasantview Road, east of Harbor Springs
Hours: Weekdays 8-4, Saturdays 8-3

Compost at Home

Made into: compost

HOW:

  • Cost: FREE!
  • Bagging: If you bag your yard waste, use PAPER BAGS ONLY – Plastic bags are trouble for composting programs!

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Brush/Logs/Pallets:

What:

  • woody
  • brush
  • sticks
  • logs
  • branches
  • stumps, and
  • pallets
  • any plant material that would need to be ground before being used in compost-making.

If you have treated or finished wood, plywood or particle-board, see our Waste Disposal page.

Made into:

  • Brush and Logs: mulch
  • Pallets: woodchips

Where:

The Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center
7363 S Pleasantview Road, east of Harbor Springs
Hours: Weekdays 8-4, Saturdays 8-3

How:

  • Cost to drop off: $2.00 per 30-gallon can/bag* $10.00 per cubic yard
  • Bagging: Paper bags only. Plastic bags get caught on the sticks and torn up in the mulch/woodchips.

Michigan’s Yard Waste Landfill Ban

  • conserving landfill space
  • preventing pollution
  • supporting Michigan jobs and businesses in the rapidly growing composting industry
  • Improving soils for better plant growth and to prevent storm water runoff

Under Public Act 264 of 1990, effective March 28, 1995, “leaves, grass, vegetable or other garden debris, shrubbery or brush or tree trimmings less than 4 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter, that can be converted to compost humus” cannot be accepted for landfilling or incineration.