Green Waste Recycling – Community and Environmental Impact
January 4, 2023 | By Aaron Capannelli
Before spring arrives with its new leaves and blooms, late winter is the perfect time to prepare your landscaping. Trimming branches and shrubs after the winter prepares your trees for a healthy spring. All of this activity, however, can create a lot of green waste. “Green waste” is vegetative matter resulting from landscaping or land clearing. Things like tree trimmings, grass clippings, dead plants, leaves, branches, dead trees, brush, and small tree stumps are all considered green waste.
As a tree company, we believe in conserving the earth’s natural resources. Through the process of green waste recycling, organic material such as tree limbs, grass clippings, fallen leaves, and even dead plant matter can be composted and processed into something useful and beneficial.
Green waste can be recycled and has the potential to benefit both the community and the environment. Here’s how:
Reduces Landfill Waste
It’s no secret that our landfills are overflowing. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash each day – that’s a lot of trash! A large portion of that trash is made up of organic materials that could be recycled instead. By recycling our green waste, we can divert millions of tons of organic material away from landfills each year. This can help conserve space in these already full landfills and extend their lifespan.
Protects Water Resources
When green waste is disposed of in landfills, it rots and produces leachate—a liquid that contains pollutants like nitrogen, phosphorus, and heavy metals. This leachate can contaminate groundwater and surface water if it’s not properly managed. Composting or recycling green waste keeps it out of landfills where it would produce leachate and pollute our water resources. Green waste recycling facilities are equipped with filters and other pollution control devices that help to further protect our water resources.
Produces Compost and Mulch
Compost and mulch are two of the most important products of green waste recycling. Compost is a nutrient-rich soil additive that can be used in gardens and landscaping projects, while mulch is a protective covering that helps to conserve moisture and prevent weeds from growing. Both compost and mulch are essential for keeping our gardens healthy and beautiful.
When you recycle your green waste instead of sending it to the landfill, you’re doing your part to create a more sustainable future. As the only green waste recycling service in our area, it’s our honor to give green waste a new purpose and remain good stewards of the earth’s natural resources. Using advanced equipment, our team can recycle and repurpose 100% of all the organic material we receive. We transform all these natural materials and nutrients into recycled products, which can help plants and trees thrive in the future.
At 770-TREE-GUY, our green waste recycling can accommodate your needs and schedule. We offer both off-site and localized recycling; we can move the debris to our facility or process it right in your yard! Our recycling center is open to the public, commercial, and municipal sectors, from 8 to 4, Monday through Friday.
We hope you’ll consider recycling your green waste. Every little bit helps reduce landfill waste and protect our environment. Whether you are an individual with tree trimmings, a tree service with tree remains, a city park maintenance company with hedge clippings, or anything in between — if you have organic green waste, 770-TREE-GUY has you covered. Call 770-TREE-GUY for more information and pricing!