Different kinds of waste go to the landfill every week. Organic waste is one of them. Organic waste pertains to organic material such as food or garden and lawn clippings. This particular type of rubbish can also include animal and plant-based products and degradable carbon such as timber.
Because of the large amount of organic waste that goes to landfills weekly, all households need to find better ways to deal with this rubbish. Responsible waste management and rubbish disposal are easy to do and each member of the family can pitch in to make sure that this is properly taken care of. They can start by finding sustainable solutions for their garden rubbish.
Below are some responsible garden rubbish disposal tips for households:
Segregate your garden waste.
Garden waste can be classified into two categories: green waste and mixed general waste. Green wastes include grass, leaves, small twigs, and leaves. Mixed general waste includes plastic and paper bags from gardening stores, lawn furniture, bricks, plant pots, soil, and hand branches. Nearly all these items can be recycled, but generally, green waste removal costs at least half as much per load to dispose of when compared to general mixed waste. Because of this, it is best to segregate your waste into two piles and mention this to your rubbish removal service provider since many companies offer discounts for the green waste that they get.
Instead of having dead leaves removed, turn them into compost. You can also reduce costs on grass clipping removal by recycling them. Simply leave your grass clippings on the lawn after mowing to return essential nutrients to the soil. This technique also helps the soil retain moisture, reducing the number of times you need to mow and the time it takes for to mow your yard. When mowing, make sure to cut only the top third of the grass.
Use some garden wastes as mulch.
Grass clippings also make excellent mulches. Woody waste such as wood chips can be used, too. However, you can’t simply spread the fresh pile of chips on your yard or garden bed. Because tree trimmings are so carbon-rich, if applied as is, they will upset the balance of nutrients in the soil. To ensure the correct carbon/nitrogen ratio, mix the fresh wood chips with a nitrogen-rich material such as leaves or blood meal and let the pile rest. This mixture can be used fresh, but chips that have been slightly decomposed for six to eight months make the most nutritious mulch.
Sell or give away logs.
Finally, there are still households that use wood burning fires or stoves. If you need to have a tree trimmed or cut down, have the contractors cut it into logs. Put a sign stating “Logs for Sale” or “Free Logs” in front of your home to help others and get rid of these logs responsibly.
Recycling garden organics helps reduce greenhouse gases and water consumption. By practising the right rubbish management techniques, you can make sure stuff from your garden doesn’t contribute to more landfill waste.
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