What Is Green Waste And How Can You Get Rid Of It? - Pink Bins

Question for you: why did the leaf go to the doctor? …It was feeling green!

Okay, so our green waste jokes aren’t very good, but we are good at helping Kiwis to dispose of their green waste easily and responsibly – at Pink Bins we call that Thinking Pink.  

What Is Green Waste And How Can You Get Rid Of It?

When you think of green waste, you might think of food scraps and various kinds of garden waste. Grass clippings, dead leaves, branches and twigs, fruit and veggie scraps, dead flowers, weeds, and other plants all fall under the umbrella of green waste. However, not all green waste was created equal, and not all green waste can be gotten rid of in the same way. 

So, let’s go over a few of the subcategories of green waste that you are likely wanting to get rid of, and the best way to go about banishing them! 

Garden waste

Has it been yonks since you’ve trimmed your bushes? Got a massive pile of twigs and leaves left over? Maybe the garden at the family bach is chocka with weeds or the lawn looks like a field of long grass and is in desperate need of some TLC. All of this is what we consider to be garden waste. 

Garden waste is a kind of green waste that is pretty easy to get rid of responsibly, but it can be a little impractical to lug around. That’s where Pink Bins comes to the rescue! 

We can help you organise a Pink Bin or a Pink Bag (depending on how much green waste you’ve got to get rid of, and how much space and time you have on your hands). When you’ve filled your skip bin or flexibag, we’ll come to collect it and we’ll take it to our recycling facility in Manukau. 

At our recycling plant, our floor staff will separate your green waste from any general rubbish you’ve gotten rid of at the same time and send everything that can be recycled to the right place.

If you don’t have any general waste, just the good green stuff, let us know when you order from us, we might be able to give you a discount on a Pink Bin or Pink Bag, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves – more on that later! 

Green Garden waste

Food scraps

One of the most eco-friendly ways to deal with green waste is to compost it. Composting breaks down organic materials into nutrient-rich compost that can be used to enrich the soil in gardens, plant beds and pot plants. If you have space in your backyard, you can create your own compost pile or use a compost bin or worm farm to turn your green waste into black gold at home – your garden will love you for it!

Composting is particularly good for food scraps because unfortunately, we aren’t able to recover food scraps if they end up at the Pink Bins sorting facility, sadly, they’ll go straight to the landfill, and they won’t pass go or collect $200. 

If you’re not sure if composting is your jam, most of us in Auckland are lucky enough now to have a food scraps bin. When you use these bins, your food scraps get sent down to the Ecogas Reporoa Organics Processing Facility, and your waste will go on to be transformed into renewable energy and fertiliser. 

Other waste

The only kinds of garden waste that we are not fans of are branches over 100mm, chonky tree stumps, bamboo, and the dreaded yucca, agapanthus, palm and cabbage tree leaves. As good as technology is these days, it’s not that good. Large bits of wood and fibrous plants clog and break machinery, so that sort of green waste will have to be sent to the landfill. 

Likewise, even though rocks, bricks and topsoil may come out of your garden, we class that as hard fill. We can send it off to be disposed of, but remember to check the weight limit of the bin or bag you’ve got otherwise our drivers will not be your biggest fans when they come to collect. 

Pink Bins and Pink Bags for garden waste ONLY 

If you’ve got garden waste to dispose of, but no general waste or hard fill, when you order your Pink Bin or Pink Bag make sure that you tell us and we should be able to supply it at a discounted rate. 

But please note: if any general or hard fill rubbish ends up in your garden waste only bag or bin, we will have to charge you the general rubbish rate. So, be careful what you toss in and, if in doubt, give us a shout – it’s always better safe than sorry! Pink Bins and Pink Bags for garden waste ONLY 

What’s the best option for you?

No matter where you are in Auckland, whether you’ve got a whole lot of green waste lying about your home or job site, getting rid of it is a piece of piss with the right Pink Bin or Pink Bag! If you’ve only got green waste to dispose of, remember that you’ll get more bang for your buck by ordering the green waste only option. 

We even offer a wait-while-you-load service for our Pink Bins which is perfect if you’ve got lots of waste, but nowhere to put a skip. The standard time for a wait and load service is 30 minutes, but we can generally extend that if you give us a heads-up. 

No matter which option is best for you, we know you’ll be right as rain! You’ll have a beaut, clean garden just in time for the warmer weather and the missus or the boss man or woman will be stoked. So, chuck some snags and a chook on the barbie, and grab a cold one out of the chilly bin, you deserve it!

We’ll catch you on the flip side, but if you miss us before our next blog post, or you’d like to know more about how Pink Bins can help you get rid of your green waste – sing out! We’re always eager to spin a yarn.