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Below is a guest post by Danielle McAnn, who works in the environmental industry and spends her time educating people about different recycling methods and how to reduce their carbon footprint.
When it comes to green waste there seems to be some confusion on just how to recycle and use it right. Green waste includes things like yard and garden clippings and soil, which are fine to place in your green bin for collection, but many people don’t consider their food waste. You may think that chucking your food waste in the bin is a good way of disposing it, if you don’t want to invest in composting, but doing this can actually significantly add to the amount of greenhouse gases released.
I know, it sounds bizarre, but food scraps or other yard waste that ends up in landfill creates methane gas, a particularly harmful and common greenhouse gas. Any organic material that is wasted also wastes the energy that was used to produce and transport it, creating indirect and unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. To help stem this concerning pattern, we have a few tips to help you reduce your impact on the environment and help you work with it.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to put food scraps in your green waste or yard bin. If you aren’t sure, contact your local council and ask them to find out what they offer to help you dispose of your green waste. One of the best options is to start a compost bin for your garden. Place a bin in the kitchen and start collecting your food waste to place in a small compost bin in the backyard. Explore around this site for more tips on composting.
For large amounts of green waste, that is garden clippings that don’t fit into your green waste bin, there are companies that collect these quantities and turn them into compost that they resell to be used in gardens. If you are a landscaper or do any work in gardens, you will probably find that you have plenty of clippings to get rid of. Places like The Green Centre in Melbourne, Australia, and countless others in cities around the world, offer green waste recycling services. Contacting one of them is easy to do and you’ll know that your garden waste is going to a good use.
With ever-increasing global warming and such an urgent cry for greenhouse gases to be reduced, knowing how to properly recycle and dispose of your green waste is one of the best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and give the environment a hand. Continue reading about the benefits of grasscycling here.
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