We all want to recycle and do our part to save the planet. But not many of us think of yard waste in terms of recycling or reuse. Yet, organic debris is quite recyclable.
Almost everything that grows in or above your outdoor spaces at home can be recycled, reused, or repurposed. In fact, there's no "greener" way to be green with waste and debris.
Yard Waste Disposal: Think Green, Be Green
For starters, let's be clear about one thing: depending on where you live your municipal waste management provider (your garbage company!) may not accept organic yard waste in their recycling bins.
So, it is best to confirm exactly what you can and cannot place in those bins.
Also, depending on where you live, some companies (such as WM) or municipal agencies provide specific recycling bins just for "green waste." And what, exactly, is that?
For example, the folks at WM, or Waste Management, provide these guidelines of acceptable waste materials for their some of their customers:
- Green plants
- Tree limbs
- Wood chips
- Dead plants
- Garden trimmings
However, the things that you cannot dispose of inside those bins includes non-organic items such as soil and dirt, rocks, concrete and asphalt, nor painted or treated wood waste.
And apparently some difficult to process organic waste items are banned, as well, like palm tree branches, Yucca plants, ice plants, and large branches "more than 5 feet in length, more than 6 inches in diameter or weighing more than 50 lbs."
The good news is that if you have any of the latter items that need to be removed and disposed of properly, your local Junk King team is ready and able to take care of that for you. And, as for the bullet-pointed green waste items listed here, if you have more than you can handle, we'll take that off your hands, too!
So, what should you do with all the "normal" quantities of yard waste that are generated in your outdoor spaces throughout the year?
That's where it pays to think "recycle and reuse" yard waste instead of yard waste "removal and disposal."
Recycle, Reuse, Reduce Applies to Our Yard Waste, Too
There are quite a few things one can do with the things we cut, prune, trim, rake up, and collect in our yards, gardens, and other outdoor spaces.
Perhaps the most obvious and increasingly popular method is to make use of a composting bin.
While this are perfect for loading up with not only organic yard water, but also food scraps and organic kitchen waste.
According to an article from Family Handyman,
"The EPA’s biggest and most basic backyard composting tip is to get your ratio right. Your three ingredients are greens, browns and water. Grass clippings, flowers, leaves, coffee grounds and fruit and vegetable scraps are all examples of greens. Twigs, dead leaves, cardboard and sawdust are all examples of browns. Although there is some routine maintenance, including watering and turning the pile, composting is an easy way to recycle yard waste and bolster the health of your yard."
So, another way to look at composting is that it's a green "two-fer" - you can take care of your organic yard waste AND your kitchen scraps at the same time!
[Graphic courtesy of ILSR]
Another use for some of that yard waste is to recycle/reuse it as homemade mulch.
All that cut grass, dead leaves, and small wood scraps can be used to create organic mulch to spread around your flower beds and gardens. Pesky weeds find it hard to come up through mulch, and the organic materials help maintain optimum temperature and moisture while enriching your soil as they decompose.
And, finally, there is the incredibly simple practice known as "grasscycling."
This simply involves not using a catchment bag on your lawn mower and leaving grass clippings on your lawn after mowing. This is a simple and easy way to recycle yard waste and it eliminates the steps of bagging and removing the clippings.
Do you have a large number of trees that you prune regularly? If so, you likely have plenty of old branches and even some large ones that more than six inches wide. These materials can be used to create functional and whimsical yard décor and furnishings with the right creative touch.
Calling Junk King for Excess Yard Waste is Still a "Green" Solution
Sometimes there is still more yard waste and debris than you can effectively make use of with your various "green" recycling and reuse efforts.
We get it. Which is why Junk King specializes in yard waste removal and disposal.
But here's the best part: as part of our own "green initiative" we routinely and regularly recycle and reuse as much of everything we pick up each day - including yard waste. If it can be reused, repurposed, or recycled, we'll make it happen.
And this is true for all your non-organic yard waste debris like concrete rubble and rocks, old lumber, deck, or fencing, materials, and even that once-reliable old hot tub that has long bubbled its last.
Junk King for Green Excess Yard Waste Removal and Disposal
Yard waste can be comprised of many types of things and most of them are hard or messy to work with. And not all of it can go into your compost bins or your household recycling bin.
So, what do you do with the "excess" yard waste or the bulk quantities of debris from outdoor cleaning or landscaping projects?
If you've started a gardening or landscaping project now that it's summertime, you likely don't want to making trips to a disposal facility yourself. But you may still have piles of dirt and debris everywhere in your yards.
No worries! What you need now is a fast, reliable, and affordable yard waste removal service.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly yard waste removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of your yard debris. Our experienced debris removal team will break down and haul off any types of yard waste you have.
And, unlike the backseat of or trunk of the family car, our junk removal trucks are made to handle those dirty yard debris items.
Our professional and insured yard waste removal team will show up at your home and we'll call you 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive on site. Also, we will provide you with a free estimate based on how much room your yard waste and other debris takes up in our truck.
All you'll need to do is just point and we'll haul yard waste into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
So, do you need to get rid of your excess yard waste? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).