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Green Waste Collection

At Divert, we pride ourselves on making our green waste collection services as hassle-free as possible. In fact, the only thing you have to do is arrange for a collection time – and we’ll do the rest. This means there’s no need for a bin or a skip (both of which tend to come with unpleasant smells), no return journeys back and to from the tip, and no need to clean your car out afterward – we’ve got you covered!

Furthermore, we can also dispose of other forms of garden waste that garden waste disposal providers often exclude – this includes paint, shed, and soil collection services. Getting rid of garden waste has never been easier; get in touch to find out more.

What is green waste?

Whether you have a natural green thumb and a sprawling garden or have an office filled with dying houseplants, you’ll likely produce some form of green waste in your daily life. And, though it may seem that way, it’s important to know that green waste doesn’t always have to be green – in fact, it can also refer to other forms of waste that are produced when you try (and maybe fail) to keep your garden looking its best.

What are some examples of green waste?

Typically, green waste refers to products that are biodegradable and can be used within composting. Common examples of green waste include:

How should you dispose of garden & green waste?

As garden waste is biodegradable, many of us tend to underestimate the importance of disposing of this waste. However, due to the fact that we produce six million tonnes of green waste in the UK alone each year – it’s pivotal that we find a way to not only reduce this waste but dispose of it effectively.

For example, the easiest way to tackle garden waste clearance is by making the most of your green bin – and ensuring you know exactly which products can and cannot be disposed of in this way. For example, you should not put food waste or black bin bags in your green bin. For more guidance, or to find out which councils charge for green waste collection, you should check out the gov.uk website. This will also allow you to brush up on their specific rules regarding green waste disposal in your area.

However, not every council provides garden waste bin collection, and if they do, they tend to be high in demand, meaning you may have to wait weeks for collection.

This means that you are left with a few alternatives – you can risk taking the waste to the local tip to dispose of it (meaning that you’ll be finding bits of dirt in your car for months), or you can work with a trusted green waste disposal company such as Divert to do the dirty work for you.

What can you do to reduce garden waste?

While disposing of garden waste correctly is important, you should also take steps to reduce the amount of garden waste you produce. For example, most green waste can be disposed of through composting.

Why should you compost?

Composting is an excellent way to dispose of your green waste. Not only is it better for the environment than traditional methods of waste disposal, but it’s also great for your garden. For example, you can use your compost to improve the quality of your soil by filling it with extra nutrients – which is good news for those of us who struggle to keep our plants alive.

Composting can also save you money – as you won’t need to arrange for your waste to be collected as frequently.

What can I add into my compost heap?

    Grass cuttings
    Weeds & hedge clippings
    Leaves
    Uncooked food waste
    Eggshells
    Shredded paper
    Shredded newspaper
    Wood chips
    Cat/dog excrement
    Teabags
    Coffee grounds

How do you start a compost?

Choose the right spot for your compost bin. Try to find an area in your garden that is warm and close to soil or grass.

Layer your composting materials in your bin – alternating between dry and moist products.

Add water to your compost occasionally, ensuring that it remains suitably moist. Rainwater will usually do the trick (and luckily, we rarely have more than a few days without it, even during British summer).
Turn or mix the compost every few weeks to add air and speed up the process.

Green waste recycling

What happens to green bin waste?

If you choose to dispose of your green waste at a landfill site, it will be discarded alongside hundreds of other items that could have been recycled or given a second life if disposed of responsibly. Once discarded in this way, it will be left to decompose, releasing high amounts of methane into the atmosphere when doing so, contributing heavily to global warming.

However, if you have your green waste collected by a company such as Divert, your waste will be moved away from landfills and towards a recycling facility.

What is green waste recycling?

Green waste recycling is the process whereby green waste is recycled or composted at a specialist facility, therefore minimising the impact it has on the environment. At a composting facility, green waste is:

Ran through a machine that separates compostable and non-compostable waste.

Shredded into smaller pieces to speed up the decomposition process and left in the open air.

Stored in a controlled environment, where the temperature can be increased to speed up the decomposition process and destroy harmful microbes. The windows are also turned regularly to allow for better airflow.

Once recycled, green waste can be used in landscaping or agriculture sites or to create biofuels.

Green waste collection.

How much does it cost to dispose of green waste?

If you are taking your waste to your local landfill site, they’ll likely charge you a small fee for your garden waste disposal – and this price will vary depending upon the volume of waste you are trying to get rid of. However, at Divert, we offer competitive pricing at a fixed rate – this means you won’t be surprised by hidden fees or costs and can take care of the planet without harming your bank account.

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