Upgrading the office garden

Responsible Garden Waste Management

by Amber Larson

If you're planning on doing some long-overdue garden maintenance then you'll no doubt be left with a mass of waste material, lots of which may be organic matter. As part of Australia's Department for the Environment and Energy plan to clean up both urban and rural areas, you can ensure that you do your part by responsibly disposing of waste in a skip, or better still recycle it. You'll be indirectly supporting the Green Army community project initiative, even if you are unable to dedicate your own time to helping them.

Responsible Bin Hire

Before you hire from a skip company there are a few things you should check to ensure that you're getting the service you need and that the company is responsibly disposing of waste. Skips come in a variety of different sizes that are often measured in cubic feet or by the amount of black bin bags they hold. On average you're looking at paying $140-$160 for a skip suitable for garden waste, and you may even get a discount if you only fill it with one type of waste product, as it makes it easier for the company to dispose of. When you decide to hire a company check to see what credentials they have, are they part of any local governing organisations for responsible waste management and do they conform to Australia's National Waste Policy? Skips can be used for a variety of materials, and if you're unsure about what type of bin you'll need, most companies will offer a no-obligation free quote.

Green Garden Living

If you decide against hiring a skip for your garden waste then perhaps just use it for building materials such as concrete, and try to recycle as much greenery as you can. Getting a compost bin is simple enough and all you need to do is place it in a shaded part of the garden and turn it now and again. Fill it with everything from garden leaves to grass cuttings and leftover food, however try to stay away from meats, which can attract flies and maggots. Aerate the soil whenever you add something, and you should have your own compost supply in just a couple of months, as the air will get trapped in little soil pockets creating heat, which will help to break it down. It'll be free of chemicals, reduces landfill waste and saves you money all in one go.