Yard waste collection made simple

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By Kelly Cullen
Entirely East Lansing

East Lansing residents are offered a convenient way to dispose of yard waste without having to leave their yards or pay an extravagant fee.

Every year, the City of East Lansing provides yard waste collection from April 6-Nov. 30 every Monday. This service is for single-family households, duplexes and households with one to four units, Environmental Services Administrator Catherine DeShambo said.

“Residents get really excited about the no-fee yard waste collection,” said DeShambo. “This is an easy and cost-free method that is done for them.”

Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, plant materials, twigs and more. Once the yard waste is collected, it is brought to the Granger Compose Center.

The bag must weigh no more than 40 pounds and the bags and stickers can be purchased at multiple locations.

“I like that the City of East Lansing is picking up waste and turning it into energy,” said MSU sophomore Jake Brekke. “It’s hard to argue that’s not pro-environment.”

Brekke is a Residential Initiative on the Study of Environment student at MSU. This program is dedicated to students interested in the environment.

Residents are asked to place their yard waste at the curb the night before the collection, DeShambo said. The collected waste must be put in yard waste paper bags with the city yard waste sticker placed on it.

“As long as everyone is abiding by the simple rules we give, their will be no issues,” said DeShambo. “We try to make it as convenient as possible for folks.”

The standard yard waste collection is the curbside collection option that charges $1.50 for a full bag of waste. Residents simply fill out an online request form that asks for a description of the bulk item, name, address and an email. This must be made by 7 a.m. the day of collection. Residents are also offered the option to call the office number, (517)-337-9459 by 5 p.m. the Friday prior.

“I have been using this service for years,” said East Lansing resident Chris Goeckel. “This service is extremely helpful and takes the responsibility off of my hands.”

Goeckel said most of his waste usually contains leaves from the fall that he keeps in bags in the garage until April comes around.

The no-fee yard waste collection occurs two Mondays in the fall and spring. Residents do not have to fill out advanced request for this option as they must for the regular curbside collection on Mondays.
“This is a very popular used service,” said DeShambo. “We will have 300 stops or more to make on a standard Monday.”

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