Are you planning on undertaking a garden renovation or landscaping project at your home? If so, then you’ll likely generate plenty of green waste – more than your garden bin can cope with. As such, you’ll want to find an alternative way to dispose of it responsibly.
Read on below as we discuss what green waste is and the different ways you can dispose of it whilst minimising your impact on the environment.
What is Green Waste?
Green waste refers to organic waste that can be composted. Unlike its name suggests, green waste doesn’t exclusively include green materials, however it also doesn’t include all forms of organic matter, either – as some of these can be considered brown waste.
What’s the difference, you may ask? Well, green waste refers to wetter, fresher materials that supply most of the beneficial nutrients needed for compost. They are also high sources of nitrogen. In comparison, brown waste refers to older, woodier and dry materials that, although can be composted, are predominantly carbon based.
Green waste, then, includes materials such as:
- Grass clippings
- Hedge trimmings
- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Coffee grounds and tea bags
In comparison, brown waste includes:
- Dry leaves
- Wood chips
Ways to Dispose of Green Waste
Council Garden & Food Waste Bins
Depending on the green waste you produce and the amount, then your first option is to put these in the bins provided by your local council. If you’ve been doing work in the garden, then assuming you haven’t produced excessive amounts of green waste this can go in your garden waste bin for collection.
Similarly, if your council provides you with food bins, then any green food waste you produce can go in here. The council will then collect your bins, sort through the waste and either recycle or compost any green matter.
Since green waste is waste that can be composted, then this means you have the opportunity to compost it yourself! If you have the space in your garden, you can invest in a compost bin, which is perfect for responsibly disposing of any green waste you generate.
You can then use your homemade compost for gardening, donate it to friends and family or even see if there is a local business or farm you can sell it to. The great thing about home composting is that you can mix green and brown waste together – in fact it’s recommended that you do!
Green Waste Removal
If you don’t plan on home composting and find yourself with more green waste than can fit in your garden bin, then you still have the option for green waste removal. This is where your green matter is disposed of by a waste collection company.
They may offer a waste removal service, where you can arrange for them to collect your green waste and they will take it away to be sorted and recycled or composted. Alternatively, you can take your green waste yourself to their waste transfer station to be handled accordingly.
Eco-Friendly Waste Removal in Belfast
Are you looking for a company that can help you dispose of your green waste responsibly? Located in Belfast, Batesy Skip Hire offers eco-friendly waste removal services.
Alongside green waste, we also accept cardboard, masonry, plastics, timber, metals and general waste – all of which are disposed of responsibly, as we aim to recycle 95% of all the waste managed on our site.
For more information about our services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.