Industrial Composting Policy in Detroit

January 2023 - April 2023

Executive Summary

Sanctuary Farms is an urban farm and nature sanctuary in Detroit, with a mission to connect the local community with the environment and food through active participation in closing the food loop. As part of their operations, Sanctuary Farms aims to engage in industrial-scale composting, and this research project involved conducting extensive research to understand the policy and permit requirements for composting in the City of Detroit, as well as at the state and federal levels. The research process involved gathering information from various resources, including the client and the UM Library, and categorizing the different levels of regulations that impact composting in Detroit, Michigan, and federal mandates. Regular feedback from the client was obtained through bi-weekly meetings to ensure that the information gathered was relevant and useful.

Community Partner

Sanctuary Farms