What you should know about recycling your green waste and soil - Our Daily Green

Friday, June 28, 2013

What you should know about recycling your green waste and soil

Green waste includes any off-cuts that have come from the garden, such as tree trimmings, lawn clippings and soil. The process of recycling your green waste involves the collection and processing of these organic products into quality compost material. This process is probably more detailed than you would think. Your green waste begins it’s journey once you take it to a recycling center, such as The Green Centre, or throw it into your green bin. First, it goes through a huge, industrial grinder before being laid out into rows where it is  covered with a thermal material. Then, it is exposed to heat for at least 3 days, killing anything that may interfere with the compost quality. It is then passed through another cleaning process where a magnet pulls any remaining metals out, until finally, only the good quality, and usable compost is left.

In Australia, garden and food organics form around 30% of household’s overall waste, and it also happens to be incredibly harmful to the environment if dumped in landfill. In fact, around 90% of greenhouse gas emissions from landfills are a result of decomposing organic material, which could be avoided if it was just recycled. Using compost on in your yard reduces the need to water by an average of 30% and can reduce water run-off by more than 70%. Good quality compost actually acts as a soil conditioner, returning essential nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Every single Australian is responsible for about 400kg of household rubbish a year, and an estimated 180kg of this is comprised of potentially recyclable food and garden waste. If a simple solution to reducing your carbon emissions exist, why not take advantage of it and take the steps to recycle your green waste. The simple action of separating your waste could end up saving the world.

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