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Most types of garden or green waste are biodegradable and can be recycled, including bark, flowers, grass and hedge cuttings, leaves, plants, small branches, twigs and weeds. They are shredded and composted into nutrient rich soil conditioner which can then be used in a range of different applications, such as for agriculture, for land reclamation and as an ingredient in some multipurpose compost. In this article, we will delve into the importance of garden waste recycling and disposal and look at some of the best ways you can deal with it at home.
Nutrient-Rich Compost: Organic waste can be transformed into nutrient-rich compost, enriching soil quality and fostering healthier plant growth. This reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers and supports sustainable agriculture.
Lowered Emissions: Traditional waste disposal methods generate methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Recycling garden waste reduces methane emissions, aiding in the fight against climate change.
Cost Efficiency: By recycling organic waste, individuals and businesses can save on disposal costs while simultaneously contributing to sustainable practices.
Local Circular Economy: Garden waste recycling promotes a local circular economy by processing waste within the community, creating jobs, and fostering a self-sustaining ecosystem.
Composting at Home: Home composting is an accessible way to recycle garden waste. It involves creating a compost pile using kitchen scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic materials. Check out our >> Introduction to Organic Waste Management and Composting.
Make good use of fallen leaves: Collect fallen leaves from lawns and paths in autumn, place them in a jute leaf sack, old compost bag or bin bag, and in about two years you will have a bag of leaf mould, often referred to as ‘black gold’.
Mulching: Mulching garden waste, such as leaves and grass clippings, can enrich soil moisture retention and suppress weed growth, while simultaneously decomposing naturally. Check out the RHS website for more information about how to mulch your garden waste.
Green Waste Collection Service: One of the most convenient and environmentally friendly ways to dispose of garden waste is through the green waste collection service. This is often done as a combined food waste and garden waste collection service (organic waste only). Many councils charge for this type of service, however most local councils provide residents with green waste collections in some form. These green waste collections ensure that your organic garden waste is efficiently managed and sent for composting.
Take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre: Most Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) accept garden waste. We recommend visiting their website before visiting to familiarise yourself with their guidelines and any potential charges for disposing of garden waste.
Hire a Skip: If you have lots of garden waste to dispose of considering skip hire could be a smart move. J&B Recycling provide skip hire and can help dispose of your garden waste in an environmentally responsible way. Look no further than J&B Recycling for your skip hire needs – we know how to responsibly handle your garden waste and give it an eco-friendly send-off.
So, there you have it! Recycling your garden waste is a smart move for both you and our awesome planet. It's about keeping things fresh, green, and full of good vibes. JB Recycling is your partner in making this happen.
J&B Recycling are based in the North of England. Our commercial collection services operate from the Scottish Borders down to Hull and North Yorkshire. Our main areas for collecting and processing commercial waste include Teesside (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton), Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Get in touch for more information and to request a quote.