When it comes to gardening and making your yard look good, chances are, you’re probably dedicating a decent chunk of time to doing a good job.
And through all the sweat, pricks, dirty hands and hard work, you’re probably also tempted just to toss all the debris and cuttings into one bin.
After all, it’s all technically green (given it’s coming from your garden) and it’s all waste, right?
Spoiler alert, despite your accuracy in considering your gardening waste as green waste, unfortunately not all green waste comprises of organic material which means that not all of it will degrade efficiently.
What this basically means for you is a redefined definition of what green waste means.
Green waste is waste that is biodegradable. Think food waste, grass or flower cuttings, and fallen leaves.
The importance of putting the right stuff in the right place
Putting the wrong stuff in the wrong bin can lead to big problems you aren’t aware of. For example, unlawfully dumping your garden waste in a nature reserve radically increases the threat of bush fires. Or, dumping organic material in water systems such as your kitchen sink can lead to drain blockages that may affect your entire neighbourhood.
Being a good neighbour doesn’t have to be difficult so long as you make an effort to know what green waste you can and cannot dispose of.
So how do you use your green-lid wheelie bin?
Green lidded bins are strictly for green items.
To make your life easy, the smellier your waste gets over time, the more likely it is to be green waste.
Here’s a list of the common suspects that make up green waste:
- Grass or flower clippings
- Garden prunings
- Hedge trimmings
- Plants and foliage
- Food scraps such as fruit, vegetables, etc.
- Coffee grinds
- Grains such as rice, wheat, oats, etc.
- Seafood such as fish, crabs, sea bugs, etc.
- Bamboo food containers and cutlery
- Animal products such as bones, cartilage, etc.
- Council-approved compostable bin liners
In contrast, here is a list of things that you should not put in your green wheelie bins:
- Too much soil
- Treated wood
- Plastic items such as plant pots, plastic bags, etc.
- Bricks and rocks
- Stone and gravel
- Large wood such as logs, tree stumps, etc.
- Construction rubble
- Vacuum waste and dust
You will see that some of these are organic material, and you will be right in saying so, however, due to the nature of the material not being biodegradable in an effective manner, you shouldn’t place them in together with green waste.
Additional things to remember when throwing stuff out
It’s great that you now know what you can and cannot put in your green lid wheelie bin. Here are a few more things that you should remember when throwing stuff out:
- Don’t overfill the bin
- Avoid exposing your bin under the sun, or else everything inside rots faster
- Layer fruit and vegetable scraps between green waste such as leaves and cuttings to prevent smelly bins
- Hose your bin once emptied
- Use Council-approved compostable liners