Green Waste Management & Removal
Green waste removal is one of the services we at SA Skip Bins Adelaide provide for many of the domestic residents of the city. With this service, we provide you with alternative solution for the disposal of your organic and biodegradable refuse. With this service, you can easily dispose of your household’s organic waste without having to worry about the process of recycling these materials.
But since the issue of green waste management and disposal is a major concern for both the residents and the government of Adelaide, knowing all about what green waste is, the proper method of recycling this waste material, and its byproducts will give you an idea of what happens to your waste material after it is collected and brought to the city’s recycling facilities.
Green Waste, Brown Waste
Organic waste is a blanket category for a variety of waste materials that can be naturally broken down into simpler materials. Some of these materials are useful, others are not. But depending on their end product, organic waste has been subdivided into varying categories, namely green waste and brown waste. These two materials, although somewhat similar in that they both break down, are different in that one yields nitrogen upon breakdown, while the other yields carbon.
Green waste strictly refers to the kind of waste material that yields high levels of nitrogen upon decomposition. These are usually composed of mostly fresh materials from a garden, such as grass trimmings, remnants of food waste, and even flowers. Rotting fruits can also be included into this subcategory. The high nitrogen content of decomposing green waste makes it a slightly volatile material when used in composting.
On the other hand, brown waste is made up of materials that also biodegrade into simpler elements upon decomposition, but yield more carbon remnants than nitrogen. A large quantity of the items that are considered as brown waste are usually dried or processed green waste materials, such as leaves that have been dried, hay, paper, sawdust and cardboard.
Preparing Your Green Waste
When preparing your green waste for collection and disposal, note that proper receptacles should be used. Skip bins should be capable of containing all of the green waste you will be disposing of; this will ensure that collection will be fast, efficient, and clean, lessening the possibility that collection agents will make a mess upon retrieving your waste.
Note that hazardous materials do not count as green waste. Neither should you mix your regular waste with your green waste pick up, as the facilities used for the two wasters are different. That means that plastic and other non-biodegradable waste that you may have should go into your regular bins, away from your green waste. Animal refuse should also not be included in the green waste containers.
What Is Composting?
Upon collection, your green waste is brought to a composting plant, a facility designed for the decomposition and processing of organic waste. These plants will then proceed with breaking down your green waste into a variety of byproducts that can be reused by the city government and Adelaide’s residents.
Don’t mistake these facilities for recycling plants, however; the process for recycling biodegradable material with other recyclable materials is different. General recycling involves repurposing the refuse for other, similar uses, whereas recycling organic matter yields a different set of materials after the process is completed.
Composting is basically breaking down the organic materials into simpler elements via decomposition. These plants use a variety of techniques that improve the speed and efficiency of the process, as decomposition usually takes weeks to months, depending on the material. The process also makes room for better containment of the waste byproducts, as some of these can be volatile.
Parties interested in producing their own mulch can conduct their own composting at home, so long as they comply with city ordinances on the disposal and containment of organic materials.
What Are Green Waste Byproducts?
The two most basic byproducts of organic recycling is nitrogen and carbon. This makes the residual mulch from composting a fantastic fertilizer for plants, and the city government does sell mulch back to its citizens. Depending on the composition of the organic matter involved in the decomposition process, the mulch may vary from gardening mulch to high-quality mulch ideal for plants that require heavy nutrition.
Another possible byproduct of composting is biogas. A slight variation in the materials included in the composting of the green waste can yield higher methane byproducts via anaerobic digestion. This, however, is not a priority process of our waste removal service.