Spring Cleaning Tip: How to get rid of your waste properly?

As the weather heats up, more and more of our readers are increasingly becoming excited about summer and the prospects of stayactions, beach gateways and backyard BBQs. But before you can enjoy the good times, you need prepare. This week, we’ll be sharing some garden waste disposal tips to help ensure that your place is free of waste and ready for your next backyard party.

A big part of preparing your garden for outdoor parties is to get rid of your garden waste, this includes leaves, grass clippings and other domestic debris that you’ve accumulated during winter. Luckily, it’s easy to get rid of this type of waste meaning you can enjoy the fruits of your labour early.

Order a green lid bin from your local council

The City of Sydney offers green bins free to local residents wishing to recycle their grass clippings, pruning and leaves. Items that don’t belong inside a green waste bin include:

  • Food scraps
  • Woodchips
  • Compostable and biodegradable packaging + containers
  • Compostable nappies
  • Tree stumps and branches thicker than 10cm
  • Soil
  • Rock and building materials
  • Pots and garden equipment

You can order a green bin at the City of Sydney request/replace page. Sydneysiders who live in apartments should check with their landlord and/or strata manager to see if they can order the bins for you, if they’re not currently available.

Melburnians without a Food and Garden waste bin (lime green lid) can ask their local council to collect their food and garden waste. More information is available here.

Drive your waste to the nearest tip

If you have access to a personal vehicle, you can choose to drive your garden waste to the nearest tip. However, this can be an expensive and time-consuming process that involves a lot of elbow grease and access to a ute or trailer. We suggest hiring a professional removals services instead, but we also understand that this may not be applicable to everybody. If you want to find your closest tip, contact your local council and they’ll be happy to assist you dispose of “excess general, bulky or special waste”2.

Consider composting, where possible

Composting is an environmentally and garden friendly way to dispose your food waste and organic matter. Few perks of composting include:

  • Helps prevent rubbish from ending up into landfill and our oceans
  • It can help control erosion, by decreasing the methane and carbon outputs
  • It’s a low-cost option and could be free, especially if you decide to DIY it
  • Your soil and garden plants will love it!

To read more about the benefits of Composting, read Rominger’s article on Grow Ensemble.

Store excess garden equipment at a rental self-storage facility

If you have garden equipment lying around your place and you don’t have room to store them, call Smartbox. Smartbox is the affordable, convenient and on-demand self-storage solution that comes to you. There’s no need to leave the comfort of your home because we’ll deliver your storage container to your address where you can load it as you please. We’ll then pick it up and store it our facility, where you can access it as needed.

Save yourself the trouble of finding the “closest self-storage near me”, and call Smartbox for storage that comes to you.

Hire a garden skip bin

If you still have unwanted and faulty goods, then we suggest hiring a skip bin. A skip bin is a reliable way to dispose all your garden waste and other domestic rubbish. There are plenty of providers and different sizes available, so make sure you shop around before booking.

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