The sunny days of Summer offer the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and get things done. Many people take the opportunity to clean up their yard at this time of year, as the long days and dry conditions allow plenty of time and easy identification of dead and dying plant matter. The problem that most people experience when clearing out their garden is that they end up with a nice, clean yard but a huge pile of green waste. In this day and age, the council-provided bins distributed to each household are tiny, so disposing of your garden waste in this way is usually out of the question. So, what can you do when green waste has to go? Keep reading to find out…
Start a Compost Heap
This is definitely a winner when it comes to ideas for disposing of green waste. You just select a spot in your yard, dump your green waste and food scraps into a big pile and you’ll have compost in a matter of months. You can choose to build a compost box or even buy a compost system, but if you don’t mind the unsightliness of an uncovered heap, you can just as easily do that. The only problems with a compost heap is the time it takes to produce compost, as well as the smell and sight of a big pile of rotting organic matter. Also, if you hate bugs, rats and other pests, you might want to invest in a sealed system or skip this idea altogether; however, a compost heap is both beneficial to you and great for the environment, so it’s worth considering.
Opt-in to the Green Waste Bin Program
Transport Canberra and City Services are offering residents the option of purchasing a 240l Green Waste Bin, which is the same size as the recycling bins, but has a lime coloured lid. The one-off fee for this program is $50 or free for concession card holders and the bins are collected fortnightly according to your suburb’s schedule. The waste is used to produce mulch.
The Green Waste Bins are currently available for residents of Belconnen, Weston Creek and Tuggeranong, but this program will be expanded to other suburbs in mid-2019. This is a handy program to participate in, as you can repeatedly dispose of green waste in this way. The downside though, is that when you order, you’ll have to wait approximately 2 weeks for your bin to be delivered. It’s also not a huge bin, so if you have tons of waste, you may need to look at the other options, below.
Dump it at the Tip
If you have a trailer or similar transport, you could just take your green waste to the tip yourself. Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, it’s probably not the best option for most people for a number of reasons. The first being that it can be quite expensive to take one large – or multiple small – loads of waste to the tip. It’s also a lot of hard work and quite time consuming. Finally, many people end up dumping their waste in the wrong section of the tip and this can be extremely damaging to the environment, as green waste dumped with general landfill instead of the green waste area produces toxic greenhouse gases. If you do choose this method, please remember to take your green waste to the proper section of the tip for disposal, so that it can be processed into mulch, which will reduce landfill and helping the environment.
Hire a Green Skip
Another green waste disposal option is to hire a green waste skip bin. Skip bins are huge bins that are delivered to your home and usually placed on the front nature strip for you. You fill them up with waste and then the company comes to take it away again at a time that’s convenient for you. If you have huge amounts of waste, this is a great option; however, skip bins are extremely expensive in comparison to the other options listed here, so you’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons before choosing.
Speaking of mulch, you could choose to make your own mulch at home using your green waste. To do this, you could rent a chipper and feed your large leaves, shrubs and branches into it, which will chop them into little pieces for use on your own garden. This is a great idea for people who have a lot of green waste and large garden beds they’d like to cover, but probably not a great option for those with only a small amount of green waste, as it can be quite a costly option. It can also be a very dangerous job, so it is always advised to contact a professional to do the job for you, which will mean you can sit back and relax while your waste is removed and your garden beds are improved.
Prevent the Waste in the First Place
Of all the methods for removing green waste, the absolute quickest and easiest way is to prevent the accumulation of so much green waste to begin with. If you regularly maintain your garden and remove dead or damaged shrubs, branches and trees, you’ll never need to think of ways to dispose of large amounts of waste in one go. The easiest way of maintaining your garden is to contact a professional arborist and let them work their magic on your yard. If you give the friendly team at Canberra Tree Lopping a call on 02 6188 6019, we can give you a free quote for completing your yard maintenance for you for a great price. After we’ve removed dead and dying shrubs, branches, trees and stumps, we either cart your green waste away for you or turn it into mulch that you can use on your garden – the choice is yours. We’ll leave your yard looking amazing and you won’t have to lift a finger.