Organic waste, also known as green waste is produced by every household. Organic waste includes garden waste, food waste, degradable carbon and other animal and plant based materials. Despite green waste being completely recyclable, many people simply choose to dump it along with non-recyclable waste.
According to a 2013 report from the ABS, nearly half (47%) of all waste collected from households was organic waste. But thankfully, many Australians are disposing their organic waste in an environmentally-friendly manner. The same report found that 35% always compost or recycle garden waste and 23% always compost or recycle kitchen or food waste. While this is great to hear, if you don’t fall into either percentile then you are probably wondering why organic, or green waste collection is important.
As the owner of 4 Waste Removals, I always urge people to dispose their green waste properly. Today, I will list some reasons as to why organic waste collection is important. Hopefully, after reading through this post, you’ll agree with me and consider hiring a company to collect your green waste in Brisbane.
1. Economic considerations
While there are several reasons to avoid disposing organic waste in landfills, the economic factor is an important concern. According to the Carbon Pricing Mechanism imposed by the Federal Government, landfill operators as also councils will be held financially liable for carbon pollution in landfills. Carbon pollution in Australian landfills has been rising and it is estimated to be higher than the international level. The Carbon Pricing Mechanism provides an incentive to councils and operators to refrain from disposing green waste in Brisbane landfills.
Moreover, disposal of organic waste in landfills involves several costs, including that of landfill levies. First of all, disposing waste in landfills involves a collection cost, a transportation cost and a dumping cost. These costs need to be borne by councils. On the other hand, landfill operators need to bear license costs and must pay landfill levies for disposing waste. If organic waste is sent to recycling depots instead of landfills, all these costs can be avoided.
Finally, proper treatment of green waste in Brisbane also provides some economic benefits. Green waste can be used to generate green energy and this energy can be exported back to the grid. The Australian government issues Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) if organic processors or councils can use organic waste to generate green energy. This is a major incentive not to send green waste to landfills.
2. Environmental considerations
Improper disposal of green waste leads to many environmental concerns, which is why I always urge people to dispose organic waste in a proper manner. When organic waste is dumped in a landfill, it decomposes anaerobically (in the absence of oxygen). Anaerobic decomposition of green waste causes the production of harmful greenhouse gases such as methane. I’m sure you know that greenhouse gases are a prime contributor to global warming.
Another environmental concern is that disposing organic waste in landfills consumes landfill space at an alarming rate. Given that half of all household waste generated is organic waste, dumping it into landfills doubles the landfill consumption rate. Moreover, landfills have a limited life span (about 20 years) and we simply cannot afford to keep using up valuable space to create new landfills.
Furthermore, proper disposal of organic waste can also offer environmental benefits. Organic waste is essentially plant matter and it contains valuable resources such as nutrients, water, minerals and energy. By sending green waste in Brisbane to recycling depots, these resources can be reused. Recycling organic waste creates compost and green energy. Compost can be used as a natural soil fertiliser by agricultural industries, while green energy can be sent back to the grid like I mentioned earlier. This provides even more reason to consider proper organic waste disposal.
3. Social considerations
There are also some social considerations due to which you should consider proper disposal of organic waste. According to the Australian Institute, the average Australian household throws out $616 worth of food every year. This is a huge amount, especially given that there are so many people in the world who are less fortunate than us.
As such, I encourage you separate your food and garden waste from non-recyclable waste. This simple process of separating waste can dramatically lower the overall amount of waste you produce. And, should you have large qualities of green waste to dispose then I urge you to hire the services of a company such as 4 Waste Removals.
4 Waste Removals offers proper disposal of green waste in Brisbane
If you’d like to change the way you handle your organic waste, then 4 Waste Removals can help. Our garden bins, garden bags and green skip bins are designed to help people like you take care of your organic waste. Let’s take a look at these in a little detail.
4 Waste Removals’ garden bins are specially designed to help compost biodegradable waste. These bins can be used to recycle leftovers that may have gone bad, coffee grounds, tea bags, paper materials, wood shavings and other types of organic waste. All you have to do is to hire a garden bin from us and it will be delivered to your location. After your bin arrives, you can gather all your biodegradable waste and we will collect and dispose of it for you. Moreover, using our garden bins will ensure that your garden is kept neat and tidy at all times. Our garden bins are simple to use and durable enough to withstand rain, sun and strong winds.
For larger volumes of organic green waste, you should consider hiring one of 4 Waste Removals’ garden bags. Simply place a request for a garden bag with us and we will deliver it to your location. All you have to do is to fill your biodegradable waste into the bag and we will collect the waste from your premises and send it for composting. Our services are flexible and you can choose a collection schedule that is convenient for you.
And if our garden bags are not big enough, you should hire 4 Waste Removals’ green skip bins. Our green skip bins allow you to dispose of up to 8 cubic metres of green waste easily and effortlessly. When you hire a skip from us, it will be delivered to your location and you’ll have 5 days to fill it up with your waste. When you’re done, our waste removal experts will collect your waste and send it to the nearest recycling depot. To find out more about our skip bin service, click here.
Do note that we accept only 100% recyclable organic waste in our garden bins, garden bags and green skip bins. Any non-recyclable waste will be left behind on your premises.
It is very important to consider proper disposal of organic waste. There are many detrimental economic, environmental and social concerns associated with improper disposal of green waste. Councils, landfill operators and homeowners must all do their part in ensuring that organic waste is not dumped into landfills.
For proper disposal of green waste in Brisbane, look no further than 4 Waste Removals. Our garden bins, garden bags and green skip bins can be used to dispose organic waste easily, effortlessly and in an environmentally friendly manner.
Give us a call at 07 3343 3030 to hire one of our green skip bins, garden bins or garden bags today!