Gardening is guaranteed to produce waste. Grass grows and will eventually need clipping. Rainy season comes around and twigs and branches will soon need to be snipped off. Replanting or garden redesign will definitely mean accumulating a lot of green waste. Because gardening is a necessary part of home or property maintenance, it is also important to keep our garden waste removal practices in check.
When we collect and dump our garden waste into our green bins, we have to keep in mind that the importance of garden waste removal is not just limited to the upkeep of our gardens. Here are some of the many reasons why garden waste removal is important.
When garden waste is collected with other forms of waste and dumped into a landfill, it could decompose anaerobically (without oxygen). Anaerobic decay happens when an organic material has to undergo decomposition where it should not normally do so, like the swamped area underneath a pile of plastic, metal, and other forms of inorganic waste. This process of anaerobic decay could produce methane and carbon dioxide, which are harmful gases that could be trapped in the air as greenhouse gases. Dumping garden waste into a landfill actually contributes to global warming.
Thankfully, this can be avoided. With proper garden waste collection, garden waste does not end up in a landfill at all. The coloured-bin segregation method ensures that everything in a green bin is disposed of in the proper, environmentally-conscious way: green waste is brought to a recycling facility where it can be turned into compost.
An interesting concept in pro-environment practice is the concept of a circular economy. A circular economy is the opposite of a linear economy: in a linear economy, materials coming from nature are used to make products, but because these products are not sustainable for long-term use, they end up as waste after their consumption. Their utility is so short, but their existence as waste is long-term (for products like plastic, long-term means forever). More waste like this requires more landfill space, and more landfill space creates more likelihood for air, land, and water pollution. The environmental movement is working towards encouraging manufacturers to create more sustainable products so that this happens less and less.
Fortunately, for green waste, the recycling of green waste is the perfect example for what happens in a circular economy. Nature must flow as nature does, and so organic materials like green waste do not have to end up as waste after their consumption: they can be turned into compost! Compost is a nutritious soil conditioner, which means that your garden waste will end up as fertilisers for other gardens anyway, and when it's time for those plants to be weeded out, they, too, can be turned into compost — such is the concept of a circular economy.
With proper green waste removal, you are assured that the contents of your green bin are taken to a composting facility, where they undergo an eight to sixteen week composting process.
If you're taking care of a garden, you know that garden maintenance requires a lot of time, attention, and resources. You must regularly check for plant diseases or nutrient deficiencies. You must ensure that you're using the correct fertilisers for each plant. You must prune damaged limbs regularly to prevent further damage on your plants. You must take into account water, sunlight, growing space, and more. With regular garden waste removal, you do not have to mull over the waste you make when maintaining your garden. You're given the assurance that your garden waste is disposed of immediately and correctly. You can then focus on keeping your garden clean, visually pleasing, and most of all, healthy!