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What goes in your green waste bin?

Many of our customers ask us from time to time what can be placed in your Bay Environment greenwaste bin?

The answer is quite simple: If it comes out of the garden and its plant material, which includes weeds, grass clippings, trees and plants, it is ‘green waste’.

So, what is not greenwaste? Dirt, stones, concrete, and anything else that does not come from a plant and did not grow in your garden such as glass, plastics and so forth.

Green waste is composed of waste products that are biodegradable, which means they can easily break down and become a part of the earth again. This is typically made from garden waste, such as grass clippings and weeds. It is “green” because it is high in nitrogen, as opposed to brown waste, which is predominantly carbonaceous.

Almost half of the waste going into the landfill is green waste. It is a serious problem because of the way the landfill has to be managed. Mixed in with other waste and compacted underground means it cannot compost and rots very slowly – turning into ‘rubbish soup’. That mixture creates methane gas and leachate that threatens the environment.

Green waste also takes up a great deal of room, which means the landfill pit will need to be replaced much earlier than it should be.

There are ways you can manage greenwaste to ensure it does not go to landfill – and one of them might even save you money!

Our local Councils have changed the rules around what you can and cannot put into your Council rubbish or wheelie bin. So, the best solution to tackle your green waste recycling problem is to call Bay Environmental Bins who can provide you with the best solution for your garden waste and a collection roster that suits your needs.

This means your green waste goes to a commercial composter – keeping it out of the landfill!

Additional source: Hastings District Council