6 things you need to know green waste, from an expert

6 things you need to know green waste, from an expert

Disposing household waste is indeed a problem all over the world. Most homeowners think of this as an inconvenience without realising the potential hazards that household waste presents. While household waste includes all types of waste, in this article we will focus on green waste (recyclable waste), which should be treated with as much care as any other type of waste.

Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) is a reputable and creditable not-for-profit organisation that I personally follow with great interest. According to the SGA, over 180kg of the average household’s domestic waste is comprised of garden waste and recyclable food, which unfortunately ends up as landfill. At 4 Waste Removals, we want to reduce this down to 0kg and in doing so, we offer an affordable and efficient green waste removal service through garden bags, garden bins and green skip bins.

As a concerned rubbish removal professional in Australia, I certainly have more than enough knowledge of green waste and its implications. Here are some important things that you should know about green waste, coming from an expert. After going through these points, I’m sure you will realise the importance of hiring a green waste removal service.

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What is green waste?

I’ve found that many of our customers do not really understand what green waste means. Green waste is basically a special term for 100% recyclable waste, which is common in most households. Green waste can include both garden waste and also recyclable food. Such green waste is produced in each and every household and if a green waste removal service is not used, this waste ends up reaching landfills.

Why shouldn’t green waste go to landfills?

As I mentioned earlier, statistics reveal that about 180kg of green waste is generated every year by the average Australian household. Unless a green waste removal service is used, this green waste ends up in landfills along with other junk items. Green waste in landfills decomposes without any oxygen. Now, every kilogram of such decomposed green waste can produce up to 0.17kg of methane. This amounts to 15.3kg of methane every year, all from a single household. We all know that methane is a greenhouse gas which has adverse effects on the environment. As someone who obviously cares for the environment, you should ensure that your green waste is proper treatment and does not reach landfills.

How is green waste recycled?

There are several green waste processing facilities in Australia, where waste is treated in an appropriate manner. After being sorted, green waste is passed through grinders, covered in thermal material and then processed at 55°C for three days or more. The waste is now composted and undergoes another cleaning process to get rid of metals. Finally, this compost is sold back to nurseries, landscapers and councils to be used as a soil improver. This is the proper way of recycling green waste and we must ensure that our household green waste goes through this process rather than ending up at a landfill. Unlike domestic individuals, professional rubbish cleaning companies have access to these facilities, so it is essential to seek a rubbish removal service such as 4 Waste Removals to get rid of green waste.

What is defined as green waste?

Green waste includes 100% recyclable waste, such as garden waste. Common items that are classified as green waste include grass clippings and cuttings, small branches and twigs, flowers, pruning and leaves.

What what isn’t green waste?

Apart from garden waste, you should refrain from adding any other items in green waste. Items such as plastic bags, kitchen scraps and food, soil, stones, gravel, rocks, treated timber, flower pots, construction materials, paper and general waste should never be included in green waste.

How can you effortlessly get rid of green waste?

Now that you have a fair idea of what green waste is, you should take the necessary steps to get rid of your household waste effectively. Getting rid of green waste can be a simple process, provided that you seek the help of a professional green waste removal service, such as us at 4 Waste Removals. All you have to do is to book a garden skip bin or a garden bag and it will be delivered to your location. Once your bin or bag arrives, you will need to fill it up with your green waste. One of our team will then collect the waste from your location and send it to a recycling facility to be treated. As simple as that!

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Green waste is produced by each and every household in the world. Green waste is essentially recyclable waste, which includes both garden waste and recyclable food items. Unless proper care is taken to dispose of such waste, it ends up reaching landfills where it decomposes to create methane gas. The proper way to dispose of your green waste is to make use of a green waste removal service like us, 4 Waste Removals! We will take waste from your location to a recycling facility to create compost.

Remember – when you hire one of our garden bag or a skip bin to get rid of green waste, you should include only 100% recyclable garden waste such as grass cuttings, flowers, small branches, leaves and twigs. Soil, gravel, rocks, timber, flower pots, paper and construction materials should not be included as green waste. Once you fill up your garden bags with green waste, we will collect the waste and sent it to a recycling facility to be treated.

For the best green waste removal service in Brisbane, give us a call at 4 Waste Removals. We offer same-day delivery of garden bags and garden skips where you can dump all your garden waste into. We will then collect the bins/bags from your location and send it to recycling depots for treatment. Our services ensure that green waste always gets proper treatment and never ends up in a landfill.

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Green Waste Rules: No logs, stumps, palm Logs, whole trees, mulched trees, golden cane trunks, soil, or turf. Branches must be under 13cm diameter. All green waste must stay under the top rail of the Skip Bin, with nothing poking up.

General Waste Rules: No rocks, bricks, tiles, concrete, pavers, hard wood, paint, chemicals, tyres, carpet,mattress, soil, dirt, sand or hard fill. All general waste must stay under the top rail of the skip bin, with nothing poking up.