We know how important it is to recycle items like cardboard, paper and hard plastics, but did you know it’s also important to recycle green waste?
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking green waste is organic and therefore breaks down in landfill but unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily the case. Recycling your green waste correctly saves valuable organic resources from ending up in landfill and helps create a more sustainable, clean and green city.
Brisbane residents have shown they are keen to embrace green waste recycling, with around 96,000 households now diverting 25,000 tonnes of green waste from landfill each year since our kerbside recycling service was introduced. While this a great effort, as a city, we are still sending more than 55,000 tonnes of green waste to landfill every year.
What is green waste?
Green waste is essentially garden waste that can be turned into compost and mulch.
Common forms of green waste
- Grass clippings
- Palm fronds
- Loose bark
- Prunings from bushes and trees
Cannot be recycled as green waste
- Large logs
- Branches and stumps
- Animal droppings
- Kitchen waste, even fruit and vegetable scraps
You shouldn’t bag your green waste before placing it into your green waste bin either, even if the bag you are using is biodegradable.
How can I recycle green waste?
Green bins are an easy way to dispose of garden waste and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. From 1 July 2019, Council is offering free delivery of a green bin with the service fee added to the quarterly rates bill. For information visit Green waste recycling service.
Green waste bins are collected fortnightly and disposed of at the green waste recycling facility where it is processed into compost and mulch, ready for reuse.
To apply for a green waste recycling bin, home owners will need their rate account number to order online. Tenants must ask the property owner to order the bin.
Benefits of recycling green waste
When green waste is thrown out with your regular rubbish it ends up in landfill, where it is forced to decompose without oxygen. This process produces greenhouse gases, like methane, which can affect our environment.
When recycled, green waste is turned into compost and mulch, which goes back to the environment:
- reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- the volume of waste in landfill, and
- it will keep your yard clear and tidy (and ready for storm season!).