Script for video: Garden waste - how is it recycled
14% of our rubbish comes from the garden. If sent to landfill it will release methane which is twenty times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Luckily, around 95% of local authorities in the UK collect garden waste for composting.
When it arrives at the composting site, anything that cannot be composted is removed and the garden waste is shredded and laid out in a long pile to decompose.
The compost is turned frequently to provide micro-organisms with oxygen. This speeds up the composting process. During this time, the waste reaches temperatures of around 60°C, which kills off any harmful microbes, weeds and plant diseases. Once it is completely broken down, the compost can be used in agriculture or as a soil conditioner in household gardens.
Alternatively, garden waste can be composted at home by mixing it with other organic waste such as veg peelings and cereal boxes.
Contact your local council to see if they are offering reduced price bins.