Putting this material into your bin results in it being lost to the landscape, where it could be utilised over and over again. When green waste is placed in your rubbish bin, it becomes mixed with non-degradable goods and materials and can become contaminated and in fact may become toxic. Quite often this material just adds to the landfill, doesn't ever break down effectively and cannot be utilised by the environment. It is also my understanding the carbon (the major component of this green waste) ends up breaking down, through a typically anaerobic process, that ends up contributing greenhouse gas in our environment by releasing methane.
What alternative options are available to prevent this material entering into your rubbish bin and traditional waste streams? Some options include:
- a Council provided green waste bin (often for a small surcharge);
- worm farming;
- commercial green waste collectors;
- small compost bin;
- large compost systems;
- mulch for your garden.