Spring Cleaning Rubbish Removal Tips

There’s another word which sometimes follows the word “spring” … “cleaning”. Some of us are thrilled to be spring cleaning, and others might think that  those people are a bit strange. However it is certainly necessary to consider spring cleaning, even if it is in every leap year! It’s too hot in summer to think of doing this. It’s too cold in winter … depending on whether you live above or below the 32nd parallel. It’s too …. busy in autumn. So spring it is.

Have a look around and see if there are things that are just taking up space. Things you don’t use any more. Things you maybe don’t need any more. There must be something that is taking up space that you would like to allocate to a new “something else”, and if you don’t use it any more, it’s time to go.

What can you give to a charity?

If it is still in reasonable condition, if it still works, a nearby charity might be interested in it. Sometimes we are in a season of catastrophes, with fire, flood and famine, and there would always be a family that could use the item that you no longer use. What about the old sofa, the fold up bed which is taking up space in the spare room, the drinks fridge which still works well, but maybe you can part with it and save a bit on the electricity bill. You could contact the charities to come and pick up items which are too large for you to handle.

Clothes? In good condition, they are always welcome for use by disadvantaged families. Don’t give them clothes which are damaged. And don’t leave them on the footpath outside the charity shop. This makes extra work and incurs extra cost for the charity volunteer workers.

Crockery?

Sometimes we buy more cups, plates, storage containers because we feel like a change, but we don’t dispose of the old cups, plates, storage containers. They take up space in the back of the cupboard. Charity shops love those as well. There always seems to be a need for basic household goods.

Have a look around and work out what you want to keep and what you are able to give.

Maybe your grandchildren would like the old books and toys from your childhood. Some might like playing with old Meccano rather than their x-boxes. Maybe there are things that are precious to you. They should be neatly packed and stored away in a labelled box, and packed on a shelf in the garage. Eventually the grandchildren will get them.

Recycle

If you have a collection of empty bottles, you could take them to a bottle recycling centre and get a bit of cash back. Otherwise sort out your bottles, your old newspapers, magazines, and put them in the recycling bin. Have you got magazines dating back to 1978? Time to go. Or are there second hand dealers who would take them off your hands? Google it for your neighbourhood.

At the end of it all, you may find it more useful to employ the professionals, like those at rubbish removal Geelong to take it away, sort it out, and put it where it will do the most good.

What Issues Does Your Green Waste Cause The Environment?

So, what is green waste?

Look at your backyard. You have your trees, shrubs, bushes – things that are alive. But when something falls from a tree, or is trimmed from a bush, it becomes green waste. So, when you go on your next big backyard blitz and start cutting down trees and pruning bushes like there’s no tomorrow, or a storm comes along with strong winds causing havoc in your back yard, all the cut off, damaged and broken matter on the ground becomes green waste.

Ok, so what is wrong with just throwing that away and sending it to the dump?

Green waste takes up space, and dumps are not places of limitless size, or stuck in a parallel dimension … dumps are part of our cities and towns and they take up a limited space that can be filled very easily if too many people fill it with things that don’t need to be dumped there.

It just doesn’t make sense filling up landfills with dead plants and trees that can be recycled into materials that we can re-use, or used as compost to grow new plants and trees.

Decomposing Green Waste at the Landfill Emits More Methane Than In Nature

It’s not just cows and their rear ends that can emit methane. Methane is a by-product of natural decomposition. However, when green waste is put onto landfills, it is usually compacted, pressed down and covered. This removes the oxygen component from the decomposition process that is natural in the environment, and instead methane-producing bacteria get to work, kicking the methane production into overdrive. Methane is more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide; possibly as much as 25 times as potent.

It can be bad for the waterways.

Methane is not the only thing that is produced when green waste breaks down. The decomposition process can also produce something that’s called ‘leachate’. When rain falls on landfills, the water seeps in through all the gaps and channels in a landfill, syphoning off chemicals and decomposing biological matter that can be toxic and a strong pollutant. If this liquid then makes its way to the waterways and the city’s drinking water, this can cause many health related issues. One solution to this is simply not sending your green waste rubbish to the landfill.

What Other Options Are There?

Composting and recycling are two good options available to you. Recycling turns your green waste into another product and ensures that far less of the green waste makes it to the landfill, while composting uses decomposition as its supposed to be; oxygenated, open to nature. This then produces materials that can improve the quality of your soil, allowing you to produce better veggie and fruit gardens, if that be your desire.

One final option is that you bring in professionals to take care of your green waste for you. These professional green waste removal companies will ensure that your green waste does not end up on the landfill, but is recycled and turned into environmentally friendly compost.