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Green Waste

What is Green Waste?

Green waste is organic rubbish and botanical refuse from gardens, public parks, farms and agricultural lands. This type of waste includes piles of biodegradable matter- plants, seeds, minerals or soil, that you need to dispose of. Basically, anything that grows from nature, that comes from the ground. If left in huge rubbish heaps, green waste becomes a troubling backyard dilemma that can pose as a health, fire and safety hazard not just for the homeowner, but for the whole community. Rubbish removal services should be called in before the council sweeps down and penalizes you for fines.

Green waste left to rot in piles are can attract pests and rabid animals, these strays may not eat these leftover green wastes, but animals do mark their territories with urine and may even leave feces behind, contaminating your pile of rubbish with bacteria causing illness and other infectious diseases. Besides naturally occuring soil bacteria, garden rubbish can also contain fungus or molds. In that case, rubbish removal is key in keeping your yard and garden from being called a toxic waste dump.

Types of Green Waste:

The following materials are all examples of green waste:

  • Flower cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Flower and plant prunings
  • Dead blooms and bulbs
  • Overgrowths and diseased branches
  • Tree limbs and tree stumps
  • Dried twigs
  • Palm fronds
  • Drift wood and bark
  • Lawn and yard clippings
  • Dried leaves, roots and weeds

These are the common kinds of green waste collected by rubbish removal companies from home gardens, urban landscaping areas, botanical gardens, community gardens, neighborhood backyards, highways, public parks, farms, farmer’s markets, arboretums, and conservatories.

What should you do with your Green Waste?

This can be a really daunting thought for gardeners and property owners. While gardening and being around Mother Nature can be one of the most rewarding activities we can do, most of us are not prepared with dealing with the burden of a huge clean-up. Green waste is usually collected by local council services or fast-tracked through rubbish removal contractors. But how does one handle green waste? Here are some simple ideas:

1. Reuse or Repurpose your Green Waste at Home

If wood cuttings and garden waste debris already occupy too much space in your yard. You can cut down these wood cuttings into manageable pieces that can be used to decorate your garden as fence posts or you can use these as materials for craft items in your home.

2. Make your own Compost and Mulch

Green waste along with some kitchen waste can be turned into compost or mulch for your garden. Mulch can be sprinkled around the top soil as an insulator and helps retain moisture while compost useful as a soil fertilizer.

3. Hire a Rubbish Removal Service

Clearing out your yard littered with green waste can be overwhelming. And it won’t cost a lot to book a rubbish removal service to come over your property. They will dispose of the green waste quickly and properly, and as a result you don’t have to get stressed out about it. Moreover, this will save you time and money.

Here’s what you need to know before rubbish removal experts arrive. Have you really looked into your green waste pile- do you know what’s in it? There are some things that shouldn’t be in there and in addition, there are council ordinances regarding the proper disposal of these green refuse and materials.

Are Clay, Concrete, Wood, Plastic Materials considered Green Waste?

Yes, they are. They are waste from gardening and lanscaping activities. However, these are NOT usually allowed in the Skips unless you get into a proper disposal agreement with your rubbish removal service.

Concrete

Concrete is sorted for recycling. If it’s free of contaminants then it will be pulverized and reuse as a dry aggregate for brand new concrete cylinders and blocks.


Clay, Sand and Sod

These are often excess soil from gardening and landscaping projects. Once it rains, the soil mounds become a muddy pile in your yard. This becomes a bit of a burden for home owners. There’s a special provision for clay, sod and sand. This is something that must be specifically consulted with your rubbish removal service. In some communities, soil can be transported to green facilities or taken in by landscaping companies especially if the soil is of good quality.


Plastics

Yes, those pink lawn flamingos or decorative plastic gnomes should not be part of your green waste though they were used in the garden the entire time. Plastics are not allowed in the green waste skip bins. Try to keep your green waste purely organic, so they can easily be turn into mulch at recycling facilities. Residual waste plastics such as pots, poles, markers and plastic bags used in gardening should be treated as household waste.


Not all Wood is Allowed for Disposal

People often make the mistake of dumping any kind of wood into the bin, thinking the obvious answer is that all wood is good, but really it isn’t. It’s an understandable, common misconception. So what kind of wood is good for recycling?

Know these two differences:

Wood that is raw and cut from garden trimmings and trees are fine to be placed in the skips, provided they are further broken down into bits and are not busting the top of the skip. Specifically, know the length of your logs and branches as there are limits to the allowed size inside the skip bins.

Wood that is treated is definitely not allowed in the skip bin. When you tear down a bed kit, garden deck, edging, palings or decorative wood from large landscaping projects, often these were store-bought and chemically treated at a facility with preservatives such as arsenic and copper. Environmental regulations do not allow for waste with treated these chemicals to be placed in the landfills. Once they start to decay, the chemicals will seep into the ground and contaminate the nearest water supply.

Can food wastes, such fruit and vegetable peelings, allowed to be mixed in with the green waste?

Just because vegetables are green, doesn’t mean they fit right in with the green waste you have. Are you aware of the rubbish removal laws in your community? Just to be a stickler for rules, no kitchen waste should be placed or mixed with the green waste.

Food wastes when disposed of- must entirely undergo a different composting process in the sorting facility. Furthermore, it is important to know mixing in things for convenience may result in your entire green rubbish being rejected for mulching, and you may incur fines. In this case, the best way to deal with this is to consult your rubbish removal expert on the details of your food waste and green waste.

Why Recycle Green Waste into Mulch or Compost?

Green waste should not end up in landfills as much as possible, they should be sent to dedicated organic waste treatment facilities to be turned into mulch and compost that can be used in gardens and public parks. This creates a suitable and close-loop cycle of sustainability in the long run.

Landfill conditions are not ideal for organic wastes, when green waste gets dump in landfills they undergo a series of anaerobic decomposition (this is due to lack of oxygen) which results in biogas, this process then releases methane into the atmosphere which creates a big greenhouse gas problem.

Go for a Skip Bin Hire

Your garden is often the center of many activities. In general, it is a play area for the kids, a source of organic food, a social area to hold parties, and an intimate place to keep calm. Its upkeep and cleanliness can be a handful, but you have options to keep things manageable particularly if you go for a Skip bin hire or a full-service rubbish removal company.

At 1300 Skip Bins, we cater to busy professionals, business owners and families that are in need of assistance in getting their green waste rubbish removal done. We customize our services to meet your unique requirements and rubbish removal needs in order to make sure that you get the most out of our rubbish removal service during the clean-up schedule of your yard. We free up your time so you can focus on the things that do matter, and that way you get more things done at home.

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