Hiring a Skip Bin? Why You Need to Separate Your Garden Waste

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When you hire a skip bin, it can almost be like an invitation to do some things around the home that you might have been putting off. Of course, you generally only use skip bin services when you actually have a specific need for the bin, and yet you might take the opportunity to do a little extra work. Perhaps you'll turn your attention to your garden, and maybe now is the opportunity to do some pruning or rid to yourself of some older plants. Sure, there's a lot of sense in filling your skip bin up as much as possible. After all, the price is the same if the bin is half full or filled to the top! But if you plan to use the skip bin to as an opportunity to do some work in your garden, is the bin really an appropriate place for your green waste?

Methane

The problem with disposing of green waste and organic materials in your skip bin is where they end up. When organic materials (such as the waste from your garden) is buried in landfill, it is deprived of oxygen. This underground decomposition creates methane gas, which can leach out into the soil and can eventually make its way to the surface, contributing to air pollution. While garden waste is biodegradable, this production of harmful methane is an unfortunate byproduct of the process when it happens underground. So what are the alternatives for your garden waste?

Separated

You can certainly put your garden waste into a skip bin, but it needs to be separated. When the skip bin is returned to its supplier, the contents are sorted. If garden waste is thrown freely into the bin, then it cannot easily be sorted. There is also the possibility that your garden waste will mix with the other contents of the bin, thus contaminating them and rendering them unsuitable for recycling. How can you prevent this from happening? You should simply separate your garden waste. Large branches can be thrown in, as they will remain largely intact. Plant clippings (including any lawn clippings) should be put into a suitably strong rubbish bag. This ensures that they remain separate from the rest of the bin's contents.

Carbon Dioxide

Your garden waste will be sent to a specialist recycling centre, where it will be pulped and composted. It is then used by local councils in parks and green areas. As the decomposition process (essentially when the compost rots) happens above the surface of the ground, methane is not produced. The compost will instead produce carbon dioxide, and while carbon dioxide is not exactly beneficial when it comes to air quality, it's less harmful than methane.

So while you can dispose of your garden waste in your skip bin, it's very important to ensure that it's separated, allowing it to be end up where it needs to go.

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