Back to Earth green waste recycling benefits
Why is reducing waste to landfill so important?
If green waste is added to your household rubbish bin, it is dumped in landfill. In landfill organic material decomposes without oxygen (anaerobically). This process produces odorous gases and methane, which has a global warming potential 25 times greater than carbon dioxide.
Organic waste in landfill also produces leachate, a liquid that’s created as material decomposes. This leachate must be carefully managed as it contains harmful substances that can pollute groundwater and waterways if not contained.
By recycling your green waste you prevent it going to landfill, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and odour and leachate production.
But that’s not the only benefit.
Composting is better for the environment
If green waste is put in your green waste bin, it is composted. Composting is a natural process of decomposition using oxygen (aerobically) that is better for the environment. It produces useful materials that can be put back into the earth to improve soil.
Composting turns green waste into a range of high quality, natural soil conditioning products such as mulches, composts, blended soils and potting mixes used in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture. These products take green waste back to earth, enriching the soil and helping to grow healthy crops and pastures that produce food for everyone. Today’s green waste can grow tomorrow’s lunch!
Everyone benefits, including the earth!
Whichever way you look at it, when you recycle your green waste correctly everyone wins.
Creation of high quality natural soil conditioners
Reduced waste in landfill
Reduced greenhouse gases and leachate generation
Compost is a natural soil conditioner that can:
Improve the structure of soil and its water and nutrient retaining properties
Improve crop yields and pastures
Encourage plants to develop deeper root systems.
Reduce the potential for soil borne diseases to develop in plants
Reduce pesticide and synthetic fertiliser usage.
Compost can support beneficial organisms that live in the soil. These organisms help to improve the availability of nutrients to plants and reduce plant diseases. Improved soil structure is also important for retaining nutrients. To grow healthy plants you need healthy soil!