Green Waste Collection is any organic material that can be composted. This includes things like grass clippings, leaves and weeds as well as kitchen scraps.
It also includes dried leaves, pine straw and hay. These materials are rich in carbon and therefore considered ‘brown wastes’, while green waste contains high concentrations of nitrogen.
Garden waste, or green waste, includes plant clippings, leaves and weeds from your garden and lawn. It also includes soiled cardboard and food scraps from kitchens, although no meat, bones or dairy should go in the composting bin.
Composting is a natural way to dispose of garden waste, turning it into a nutritious soil conditioner. It increases organic matter in soil, helps clay and sandy soils drain more effectively and releases nutrients that can be reused.
It can help keep your garden healthy and prevent the release of methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas, into landfills. It also lengthens the life of landfills and reduces the need for fuels like diesel.
Please leave your bins or sacks at the edge of your property by 7am on collection days (collection times vary). Bin lids must be closed when out for collection, and we ask that you take them back in as soon as possible after the collections have been made.
Yard waste is a broad term that includes leaves, grass clippings, dead flowers and plants, brush and twigs and even Christmas trees. These items are generated in outdoor residential settings, and they account for a significant portion of municipal solid waste.
Composting of yard waste is an efficient way to recycle these materials. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions, conserves energy, and promotes nutrient recycling.
It also helps to improve soil health and enhances the growth of flowers, vegetables, and shrubs. It also provides a natural fungicide and prevents harmful pollutants from leaching into the ground and water table.
Yard waste should be disposed of in biodegradable paper bags or in a reusable container made of metal or rigid plastic, equipped with handles. Larger branches, such as tree stumps and logs, should be shredded into small pieces that are less than 1/4-inch in diameter and less than 3 feet in length.
There is a huge amount of food waste that gets produced around the world, which has a significant impact on environmental sustainability. Globally, 17% of all food production is wasted, with household and food service waste making up the largest proportion of this.
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that if all food which is currently wasted was eaten, it would cut CO2 emissions by as much as taking one in four cars off UK roads.
In addition, food waste can be used for renewable energy and soil amendments. Using compost to turn waste into valuable nutrients can also reduce the need for supplemental water, fertilizers and pesticides.
Reducing food waste can also benefit businesses in a variety of ways. For example, businesses can save money by purchasing less food or by selling discarded food at lower prices. Alternatively, they can donate excess or unused food to charities. This can increase their reputation as ethically conscious business and help them to attract new customers.