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 food and garden waste decomposes without oxygen (anaerobically). This process produces odorous gases and methane, which has a global warming potential 25 times greater than carbon dioxide.
Food and garden 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.
How green waste recycling benefits the environment:
- Creation of high quality compost
- Reduced waste in landfill
- Reduced greenhouse gases and leachate generation
- Reduced odours
How the compost, made from your green waste, helps gardens and farms bloom:
- Improves the structure of soil, helping it to better retain water and nutrients
- Improves crop yields and pastures for grazing
- Supports beneficial soil organisms which helps plants grow
- Encourages plants to develop deeper root systems making them stronger
- Reduces the potential for soil borne diseases to develop in plants
- Reduces pesticide and synthetic fertiliser use
Watch how compost, collected through Back to Earth, is helping Victorian farmers.