Grand Rapids’ local provider of curbside composting service, Organicycle, has teamed up with local neighborhoods and businesses to provide reduced-cost yard waste services for Grand Rapids residents. The 2014 Neighborhood Lawn & Leaf Program serves as both a benefit for area neighborhoods as well as a cost-savings for residents.
The bags — made of compostable material — are more durable than traditional paper yard waste bags, and at 33 gallons, are bigger and less expensive than those used in any other program offered in the city. Organicycle’s bags are sold in packs of 10 for $20 and include free pick-up to Grand Rapids residents.
Five percent of bag sales go back to participating neighborhoods including Eastown Community Association (ECA), Alger Heights Neighborhood Association (AHNA) and Ridgemoor Neighborhood (RN). Bag sales are driven through partnering businesses including Alger Hardware & Featz Hot Dogs (inside Breton Village Mall).
Program participants must live in the City of Grand Rapids and only requires the purchase of Organicycle bags and online registration (www.organicycle.org/yardwaste).
“This is a wonderful community program that collectively benefits Grand Rapids residents, their neighborhood
and a local business,” explains Justin Swan, Director of Sales & Development for Organicycle. “When Organicycle met with a few neighborhood organizations this Spring, we each saw an opportunity to provide a valuable service at a cost savings to residents while raising funds for the neighborhood association.”
Organicycle anticipates a healthy increase of participants compared to the Spring program, and is prepared for a
much larger participation compared to last Fall’s pilot program.
“Our 2013 pilot included nearly 100 new residential stops on our curbside composting route, and generated
several hundred dollars for local neighborhoods,” said Swan. “This year, our goal is raise over a thousand dollars
for the neighborhoods, draw awareness to our award-winning curbside composting program, and drive traffic to
local small businesses that are eager to give back to their community.”
The 2014 Neighborhood Lawn & Leaf Program will run through December 5, with weekly collection, in Grand
Rapids only. Organicycle bags can be purchased at Alger Hardware, Eastown Community Association and Featz
Hot Dogs in Breton Village Mall.
In September, Organicycle was awarded “Sustainable Business of the Year” by West Michigan Sustainable
Business Forum, and has twice been named to the “Best & Brightest Sustainable Businesses” list (2013, 2014).