FACT FILE: Organic Waste Recycling & Recovery

FACT FILE: Organic Waste Recycling & Recovery

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If there’s one type of waste that’s generated everywhere, it’s organic waste. Organic waste is generated in households and commercial establishments alike and includes the likes of food waste, garden waste, lawn clippings and degradable carbon, amongst other types of plant and animal based material.

While we often relate the term ‘organic’ as being good, organic waste, on the other hand – like most types of waste – poses many environmental concerns. Not only does organic waste rot and smell, but in the absence of oxygen, it decomposes to release greenhouse gases. And, as you’re aware, greenhouse gases contribute to global warming and they are extremely harmful to the environment.

As the owner of 4 Waste Removals, I urge everyone to dispose organic waste properly. Today, I will list some facts regarding organic waste recycling and recovery in Australia. Hopefully, after reading through, you’ll consider using our service to ensure that your waste is disposed in a proper manner.

Organic waste recycling and recovery in Australia

In Australia, organic waste recycling and recovery is taken seriously. Not only is this to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also to protect our natural resources. The recovery and recycling of organic waste protects soil resources and reduces water consumption as well. To give you an idea of this – producing just 1kg of beef consumes 50,000 litres of water!

However, despite Australia’s impressive recycling rate, we still generate a tremendous amount of organic waste. In fact, according to Suez Recycling and Recovery, we waste over 75 million tonnes of food waste every year, at a cost of over $8 billion. Saving even a quarter of the total food waste that we generate would be enough to feed over 870 million people. And, as if that’s not enough, food waste is also responsible for 14% of the world’s CO2 emissions.

This clearly tells us that we must try and reduce the amount of food that we waste, which of course includes organic waste. And, did you know that almost half of the organic waste that we generate can be composted and put to good use? Composting returns waste to the soil system in the form of mulch. 

How to dispose organic waste in a proper manner

Organic waste must be recycled as far as possible and to do this, hiring the services of a Brisbane waste removal company is very beneficial. Reputed companies, such as us at 4 Waste Removals will ensure that your organic waste is treated in an environmentally friendly manner.

To dispose of your organic waste on a periodic basis, simply hire one of our garden bags. We’ll deliver a bag to your location and collect waste from you at regular intervals. Our bags are much bigger than the council’s green bins and we’re much more flexible with our service as well.

Alternatively, to dispose of large amounts of organic waste in one go, hire one of our garden skip bins. Our skip bins can accommodate up to 12m³ of waste. So, whatever amount of waste you need to dispose, our skip bin is all you need.


Despite Australia’s impressive recycling rates, we still generate huge amounts of food waste. Organic waste must be disposed properly, else it will decompose to emit harmful greenhouse gases. Half of our organic waste can be recycled and composted to put it good use.

To make sure that your organic waste is recycled correctly, hire the services of 4 Waste Removals. Get in touch with us to hire a garden bag or garden skip bin today!

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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.