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Five interesting facts about green waste

Green Waste Management
Published: January 19, 2021

Green or organic waste is comprised mainly of food and plant matter. At Solo Resource Recovery, we work closely with many businesses as well as local governments on the collection and processing of green waste. Often, green waste is poorly understood and many misconceptions abound. In part, this is because green waste recycling is not usually part of your household recycling regime. In today’s blog, we de-mystify green waste and share some facts that may surprise you.

Our first interesting fact is that green waste can be recycled. The process is somewhat different to your traditional paper and plastic recycling, and specialised equipment is required for organic waste processing on a large scale. You may be familiar with the concept of composting, in which vegetable scraps and other organic waste are left to decompose. Compost is mainly used as a fertiliser. A home compost bin is a fun project that is great for your garden. Organic waste recycling is simply composting on a larger scale.

Another fascinating fact is that it can be environmentally harmful to dispose of green waste yourself. You may think that it is okay to dump organic waste, as the contents will decompose and return to nature. However, you run the risk of disturbing local ecosystems by introducing or attracting pests. When it comes to green waste recycling at scale, it must be done according to careful guidelines to ensure that the impact on the environment is good rather than bad.

Furthermore, organic waste can even produce noxious gases. Decomposing food produces methane, which is unpleasant in small quantities and dangerous in large quantities. For your home compost, it is best to ensure it is tucked away in a corner of the garden to minimise disturbance. Organic waste processing takes this gas output into consideration and is another reason why green waste dumping is detrimental.

Many households do not have the ability to do their own composting but would like to reduce their contribution to landfill by consolidating food waste. If this applies to you, you should know that many local councils offer a free organic waste program. These days, it is becoming more popular for councils to have programs such as kitchen bins that can be emptied at collection points. You will be able to obtain details from your local council. At Solo Resource Recovery, we work closely with many councils to provide the reliable and trustworthy waste management services that keep your community running smoothly.

Finally, you may be surprised to learn that green waste is not strictly unprocessed plant matter. Shredded paper is a totally compostable material. While large bits of paper should be recycled through a dedicated paper and cardboard recycling channel, it is perfectly acceptable for shredded paper to be a component of home compost bins as well as on an industrial scale.

At Solo Resource Recovery, we are able to work with your business to provide waste management services, including recycling. Our waste management solutions are designed to suit you. Speak with our team about how we can optimise your waste management needs. You can get in contact with us at Solo Resource Recovery by telephone on 1300 46 76 56. Otherwise, you can drop a line through our website and we will contact you to follow up.

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