Organic and Green Waste Recycling Sydney

Green waste (also known as garden waste, yard waste or organic waste) includes any plant or animal matter, as well as degradable carbon materials such as paper, cardboard and food scraps. The breakdown of these materials in landfill is called anaerobic decomposition, which actually creates methane (think what happens inside your stomach) – a potent greenhouse gas. Sustainable waste removal through an organic resource recovery facility is the most environmentally-friendly option for green waste, and this will require the help of rubbish removal service.

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Organic materials make up a massive chunk of waste dumped in landfill. You can offset the negative impacts this has by composting, or using a dedicated green waste recycling service.

The Facts About Organic Waste

• In landfills, the second largest source of methane is from organic waste.

• The gases produced from garden waste in landfill will continue to be produced from anywhere between 15 and 30 years.

• Methane contributes to global warming 25% worse than carbon dioxide.

• Composting materials is a sustainable option for recycling garden waste as it produces a nutrient rich soil than can be re-used  in your garden.

• The temperatures created in the composting process actually destroy weeds and pathogens in the raw materials.

• About two thirds of all waste sent to landfill is made up of food organics.

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The Recycling Process

Without the capabilities for composting, which can take up quite some room, or the need for mulch, there are some options for the recycling of organic waste through a rubbish removal service. This is how the process looks:

Step 1: Pickup

This part of the process is the most important for consumers – making sure organic waste is correctly separated from other types of waste. This is then picked up by a waste removal service and taken to a designated organic resource recovery facility, of which there are a few in Sydney.

Step 2: Decontamination

At the facility, waste is combed for contaminants such as steel, glass, concrete, plastics and rocks, which are then removed.

Step 3: Shredding and Storage

The organic material is the loosened and shredded into small sections which are then stored in open windrows (food materials are stored in vessels for composting) – these are kept moist and turned over for 16-20 weeks.

Step 4: Composting 

During storage, micro-organisms break down different materials, creating heat (between 50 and 70 degrees). This heat source will kill harmful pathogens and weeds. The compost is constantly tested to comply with certain standards.

Step: Sorting

The compost is then sorted into different standards to be used in different applications, and into different sized packages.

Step 6: Recycling

The compost products are then shipped out for use in agriculture, garden centres and other end markets where they are re-used, returning nutrients and minerals to soil, reducing methane emissions and improving plant growth.

* Statistics sourced from SITA.

Responsibly disposing of organic waste can have huge benefits for the environment. Reducing methane emissions through recycling is very easy. If you have space in your garden then building your own compost pile is a great start. If you produce large amounts of green waste or have no room for composting, a dedicated garden waste recycling service like Sydney Rubbish Services can take care of your waste for you.  You can contact us today or book a free quote online. We are more than capable of getting the job done right and in an eco-friendly manner.