Dumping of garden waste is one of the main contributors to the spread of weeds into our natural environment.
What is garden waste?
Garden waste is any material from your garden including lawn clippings, prunings, plants, twigs, branches, leaves, soil, dirt and mulch that have been generated through plant removal, tree pruning, lawn mowing and other gardening activities.
The organic material generated from these maintenance activities could contain weeds without you even knowing.
Greenwaste dumping in bushland at the Georges River Corridor, Kentlyn.
Why is dumping garden waste a problem?
- Destroys bushland areas and habitat for native animals
- Brings disease, pests and weeds into areas of native bush
- Can replace native plant species with invasive weeds
- Destroys the beauty of bushland and decreases its appeal
- Increases the risk of bushfires to bushland and nearby properties
- Costs ratepayers and the government money to clean up and dispose of the dumped material appropriately
- Attracts more illegal dumping.
What should you do with your garden waste?
There are many things we can do to properly dispose of our garden waste to make sure that it doesn’t escape into our natural bushland
- DO NOT put soil, dirt, mulch and large branches in your garden waste bin. These should be placed in your red lid garbage bin.
- DO NOT dump garden waste over the back fence and into bushland.
- Place your garden waste in the green bin to be collected and disposed appropriately.
- Book a kerbside pick-up. Garden clippings that are cut into one metre lengths and no more than 15cm in diameter, tied into bundles can be placed in your kerbside pick-up
- Use your garden waste to make your own mulch and compost. This can be used to mulch your garden, reducing the need for watering and weeding.
- Cover your compost heap to stop distribution of seeds by wind and animals.
- Remove seed heads from plants before they have time to mature and disperse.
- Never dump disused aquarium contents down drains or into waterways.
- Bag all your garden waste and take it to your local waste disposal facility.
- Leave your grass clippings on your lawn where they will act as a natural fertiliser.
If you see any persons disposing of garden organics into bushland please report it to Council on 02 4645 4000.
Your garden organics bin has a green lid and is collected fortnightly, on the opposite week to your recycling bin.