What is Green Waste Recycling?

Apr 25, 2017

We all need to take better care of the world's environment and to recycle whenever we can. We already recycle plastics, glass, and metals at home, as our local council requires us to do so. This helps to reduce the amount of waste placed in landfill sites.

But what about green waste? How do we go about recycling our green waste? What exactly is green waste recycling? Well, below we explain everything that you need to know about Green Recycling and why you need to be a part of it!

What is Green Waste?

To understand the concept of green waste recycling, you first have to understand what green waste is composed of.

Generally speaking, green waste refers to waste that is biodegradable. So, garden waste such as grass, hedge clippings, and leaves all come under green waste, as does food waste (but not meat or protein products). 

How is green waste collected?

So, now we know what green waste is, how is it recycled? well, many councils now operate a green waste recycling scheme and provide households with food bins and green outside recycling bins, in which to store their green waste for collection.

An alternative method is to collect the waste yourself and arrange for a private green waste firm to collect your waste. We here at Wiltshire Grab Hire will also take your green waste to a nearby green waste recycling plant, we will never put it in a refill.

Why should we recycle green waste?

The main reason is to free up landfill space. UK landfills are at absolute capacity, with more landfill sites having to be dug.

When we choose to recycle our green waste, it is turned into compost which is great for farmers, great for the environment and helps to reduce those methane emissions. You also have less bulk in your general waste, and you have the great feeling of helping the environment. It just makes sense to recycle your green waste. 

How is green waste recycled?

Once collected, green waste is stored in specialist green recycling centres where it is cleaned and any toxins are removed. This clean waste is then used as compost, topsoil and as a nutrient-rich plant food. Nothing is wasted. 

Items you can and cannot recycle

It can be somewhat confusing as to what is classified as green waste, so below we explain what can and cannot be recycled.

Green items that can and cannot be recycled

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Green items that can be recycled include:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Pruning 
  • Leaves
  • Twigs 
  • Branches
  • Bark
  • Weeds
  • Flowers
  • Chipped bark

Green waste items that are not suitable for recycling include:

  • General household waste 
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Plant Pots 
  • Packaging
  • Plastic bags 
  • Stones
  • Sawdust
  • Rubble
  • Mulch
  • Pondweed

Green waste recycling is better for the environment and cheap to do. Start green waste recycling today

What is green waste recycling?