Green Waste Management in Australia
A common misconception about green waste, (also known as agricultural waste or garden waste) is that green waste doesn’t require as much attention as non-biodegradable waste. But the fact is, if handled improperly, even biodegradable waste can become a far greater problem than just being unsightly. On the brighter side, with proper management, agricultural waste has a broad scope of reuse and recycling options.
Common Green Waste in Australia:
Green waste is a biodegradable waste. Grass and flower cuttings, hedge trimmings, weeds, fallen leaves or branches, domestic or commercial food waste and other forms of organic waste all fall under the category of green waste. About half of the garbage produced by Australian households contain organic waste.
Threats Caused by Illegal or Careless Dumping of Green Waste:
When you dump garden waste in nature reserves or urban areas, inadvertently, you’re increasing the risk of fire. The dumped waste dries and becomes potential fuel, adding to already present debris, and further increasing the risk of fire, which could harm local flora and fauna, not to mention human life, should it spread.
Careless dumping of green waste can affect water drainage systems too. It’s not uncommon for a kitchen sink to get clogged because of un-dissolved food particles; for example, rice, which expands with water. Lawn clippings and fallen leaves can also create a blockage in drainage systems, which can in turn block waterways and cause floods. Above all, improper dumping of Green waste directly impacts visual aesthetics of an area, and consequently, it can attract further illegal dumping.
Legal Consequences of Improper Disposals:
Illegal disposal of waste has both environmental and legal consequences, and if caught you may have to pay thousands of dollars in penalties, or in extreme cases, even imprisonment. In addition, the Australian government are employing better law enforcement and increasing fines to discourage improper dumping. Read more about the negative effects of improper waste disposal to the environment.
Mitigation through Reusing and Recycling:
So the question arises of how to properly manage the huge amount of waste produced daily. The good news is, in spite of the vast quantities produced in Australia (almost 64 Million tons per year), almost 58% is recycled or recovered. This indicates that not only are the campaigns encouraging proper waste disposal working, but there is also a potential for recycling much of this waste.
The foremost use of recycled products is in the production of energy. Thermal treatment generates heat and produces energy, and green wastes are a great source of biofuel, biogas and even electricity.
Natural fertilizers are best for plants. By making compost, a great deal of natural fertilizer can be produced with green waste. Using cuttings from your garden to create the best food for your plants is a perfect example of recycling.
When was the last time you had a waste audit of your surroundings? According to Australian National Waste report 2016, 64 Million Tons of wastes were generated in Australia on that year. That means 2.7 tons of per capita. Now, an analysis and proper management of your waste stream are more important than you might have imagined, as illegal or improper dumping of waste is a punishable crime. A waste disposal service provider like Metropolitan Transfer Station can get rid of that headache for you. Contact us to get more info on how to dispose of your green waste in Melbourne, and do so safely.