Yard waste is considered organic material (not recyclable material) that can decompose into nutrient-rich compost. Compostable items placed in the recycling bin contaminate the recycling stream, which is meant to be clean, residue-free and only made up of items meant for recycling curbside (paper, plastics, glass, etc).
If I can't put it in the curbside recycling bin, where can it go?
The City of East Lansing provides curbside yard waste collection and Hammond Farms accepts yard waste dropoffs. Residents can also choose to start their own backyard compost pile or purchase a compost tumbler system to deal with yard waste.