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.