Our Green Waste comprises of biological matter that has been cleared from local construction sites.
Where does our Green Waste come from?
Construction site clearance often results in significant amounts of green foliage being scraped off the surface of the site which would typically end up in landfill. Green waste can be used to create compost which is a valuable resource for farming and gardening.
How do we recycle Green Waste?
We employ the aerated composting technique. The waste we receive is first inspected for contamination before being shredded into a homogenous size for piling in windrows (large heaps). The optimum particle size allows enough insulation in the windrow for optimal microbial activity and moisture retention, but also allows air to flow freely through the pile to facilitate aerobic decomposition.
The windrows are ‘aerated’ periodically by mechanically turning the piles. The ideal pile height is between four and eight feet with a width of 14 to 16 feet. This size pile is large enough to generate enough heat and maintain temperatures. It is small enough to allow oxygen flow to the windrow’s core.
Finally, the compost is screened to remove any oversize pieces and contamination to ensure a quality end product.
Compost is used to improve the soil fertility in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, urban agriculture and organic farming. The benefits of compost include providing nutrients as fertilizer to the crop, acting as soil conditioner, increasing the humus or humic acids content of the soil, and introducing beneficial colonies of microbes in the soil. The natural interaction of the soil, plant roots and nutrient/ microorganisms of compost improves the soil structure. An improved soil structure will increase the soil water retention ability and control soil erosion. Compost can be used for land and stream reclamation and eco friendly wetland construction. As a landfill cover, compost provides a healthy utilisation of waste organic materials.