Green waste is the waste you accumulate from the garden, such as branches, grass, leaves, soil and twigs. You might think it’s harmless, but it can actually emit harmful gases such as methane when it decomposes causing air pollution and posing a fire hazard. It also takes up unnecessary space at landfill. To be a part of the solution, read on for our top 5 tips on how to responsibly dispose of your garden waste at home.
Create a Composting System
Composting is easier than you think! A good composting system will keep organic material enclosed in a controlled environment so that it breaks down faster. All you need is nitrogen, carbon, water and oxygen.
You can use a box, bin or even just heap everything in the backyard. To start you need to add a drainage layer, such as mulch. Follow with a layer of garden clippings, some dry leaves and then top with wet paper. Repeat this layering process and make sure you add water to each layer to keep it all moist. Finally, finish with some soil or compost and turn the pile over each week with a garden fork.
As the pile starts warming up you’ll be encouraging all different types of organisms that will be working hard to naturally decompose all the organic materials for you, turning your garden waste into a rich fertiliser you can add to your gardens to help them thrive all year round.
Use a Green Organics Bin
These council green waste bins cost $1 a week and let you throw in acceptable green waste matter, such as grass, flowers, branches and pruning. The waste is then collected and processed by hand at designated facilities and recycled back into the community to be used by nurseries and landscapers.
It’s a great way to dispose of your green waste and promote a cleaner, greener future for everyone. Check the Gold Coast council website for specific information about owning a green waste bin.
Start a Worm Farm
Worms love green waste! They can eat your organic material and turn it into compost through the process of digestion. This worm compost makes a fantastic fertiliser for your garden and is a popular method of safely and environmentally disposing of many types of green waste and most kitchen food scraps.
Visit a Waste and Recycling Centre
You can load up your vehicle with green waste and take it to your nearest waste and recycling centre for proper disposal. These centres are typically open 365 days a year and will accept a wide variety of organic matter, from twigs and branches to grass, prunings, weeds and palm fronds. Only certain locations accept green waste, so we recommend checking the Gold Coast Council website for up-to-date information before heading out.
Call in the Green Waste Recycling Experts
If you find that you have too much green waste to compost or you just can’t do it by yourself – Scrap Global are the experts in green waste disposal on the Gold Coast and can remove it from your property, safely and responsibly. We’re also a great alternative to a skip bin and can take care of all of your other household rubbish while we’re there, such as DIY waste, bulky appliances, used furniture and general waste. Give us a call today to arrange a free quote and enquire for more information.