How to manage the waste from your summer gardening project sustainably

25 June 2019

Norris Waste Management

How to manage the waste from your summer gardening project sustainably

Didn’t the summer come around quickly? Spring flew by and left us with beautiful flowers, lush green trees, and long grass. It also brought to life weeds, pests, and a whole host of other challenges throughout our much cherished green spaces.

If you’re one of the tens of thousands of people who are planning on landscaping their back garden this summer, you’re going to love this article. As well as looking at typical equipment hire, we’re going to explore the responsible management of your garden waste.

Okay, green thumbs, let’s go!

What equipment is typical for a gardening or landscaping project?

Your gardening project could involve a whole number of technical challenges. Based on the diversity of issues and tasks, you could require the use of any of the following equipment:

  • Lawnmowers
  • Chippers
  • Garden shredders
  • Hedge and tree cutters
  • Strimmers
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Borers
  • Skips
  • Chainsaws
  • Mini-dumpers
  • Leaf blowers
  • Pruners
  • Turf cutters
  • Power diggers
  • Aerators
  • Garden rollers
  • Tillers

For all of the above, seek a local tool hire company.

For skips and Euro bins get in touch with Norris.

What can go into a garden clearance skip?

  • Bushes
  • Grass
  • Green Waste
  • Twigs
  • Stumps
  • Logs
  • Timber, fencing, decking, fence posts, doors, other wooden items

Now you’ve got the tools, how do you get rid of your garden waste responsibly?

The first task is to look at the types of waste your summer gardening project is generating and make sure to split them into compostable and non-compostable waste. If they are compostable, but you don’t have a compost heap or wish to start one, use your green bin for these waste types. For the rest of the waste, you will need to assess what it is and what is best done with it.

If your gardening project is quite large, at least large enough to require equipment and hired gardeners, it’s likely that you will require the use of a skip. This is a great idea, as the skip hire company you choose (ideally Norris) will have forged many excellent partnerships to guarantee that as much of the waste as possible will be recycled.

Our advice would be to ask your favourite local waste management company about their recycling rates and what happens to garden waste.

Is MDF recyclable?

MDF is a material that often crops up in gardening projects, sometimes as part of an old shed, sometimes as a ‘bark chip’ alternative, and sometimes as part of garden furniture. Sadly MDF is not recyclable or compostable, so it will have to go in the general waste bin or your skip.

Is wood recyclable?

Primarily, wood is reusable! If we are talking about assorted pieces of wood, then the best method of recycling might be to have it chipped and turned into kindling for fires or animals.

It’s also important to note the difference between natural wood and treated wood. Your dining room table is likely to be treated with a coating agent that will either stop or hinder it from composting. Natural wood, such as tree branches, will decompose quickly and should go to the compost pile.

What goes in the green bin?

We advise the following items as being green bin friendly:

  • All food and bones
  • Twigs and branches
  • Tea bags (very important for when you take a break)
  • Flowers
  • Grass, leaves, weeds, cuttings

This is great news for your summer gardening project as you can have these items collected for free as part of your weekly or bi-weekly local bin collection.

What can be recycled from your garden and shed?

Plastic pots, trays, and tags – you should first try to reuse these items, but if you can’t, our advice is to wash them and try to return them to a garden centre. If that fails too, recycle them in the correctly coloured bin.

Mulch and soil bags – these bags are often made of a very durable type of plastic, and if you opened them from the top (as opposed to excitedly ripping them from the middle) they can serve as useful storage for coal, firewood, garden tools and more.

Fertiliser (and other similar) containers – wash thoroughly and recycle as normal.

Hoses and rope – please place these in the bin, because they will get tangled in the teeth of traditional recycling equipment. The same goes for chains and nets.

Tools – if they are reusable you can donate them, but if not, dismantle them and try to recycle the component parts.

Why is recycling important to Norris?

We’ve won national awards, served thousands of happy customers, and built a stellar reputation over the last 40 years thanks to making recycling an important priority to us. Where others sought maximum profits, we sought maximum recycling rates. We are proud to provide a much-loved service to a huge and growing community of people.

We are our reputation and the people we serve. We are recyclers at heart.

When you’re thinking about planning your summer gardening project, keep Norris in mind, we’ve got the right tools for the job.

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