Have you noticed that every man and his dog seem to have sprouted a green thumb lately? Maybe it’s just us, or maybe it’s the beautiful summer weather, but it seems like more and more Kiwis are taking control of their green waste and dealing with it themselves, at home.
At Pink Bins, we’re all for disposing of green waste responsibly, and we’re Kiwis too, so we also love doing things ourselves – we can’t help it! Dealing with your own green waste is a movement we can definitely get behind, but what are the reasons for so many people taking it upon themselves to do something with their green waste lately?
Why Are More People Dealing With Green Waste At Home?
As that company with the pink skip bins and the pink and white skip bags, you’d be forgiven for thinking that our main focus is general waste. But our top priority is to help New Zealanders to deal with their waste responsibly. And if that waste happens to be green, and if the best way for you to deal with it is at home – more power to you!
Whether it’s garden waste, or food scraps, there are plenty of ways you can put it to good use from the comfort of your own home! So, why should you consider dealing with your green waste at home?
It’s the right thing to do
When green waste is disposed of incorrectly, it ends up in the landfill. Not only does that take up precious space, it means that we miss the chance to reclaim those materials and repurpose them for good – think of all the high-quality compost and nutrient-rich fertiliser we are missing out on! Even worse still, green waste in the landfill actually produces harmful gases and contributes to climate change. So, in short, we want to avoid that.
We’ve been told that DIY is in our DNA, so why not deal with your green waste yourself? C’mon, mate, do it yourself! Sure, it might seem like a pretty big job, but you’ll be right. And if you reckon it’s too big of a job to do it alone, just get your mates to show you how it’s done – you might be surprised by how many blokes are getting into it these days!
It’ll save you some dosh
We often talk on our blog about reducing, reusing, and recycling waste, and we can’t talk about that without mentioning how that can save you the big bucks! Who doesn’t want to save a few dollars these days, anyway?
While our council-provided food scraps bins are the bee’s knees if you have small quantities of food to dispose of on the regular, they’re not much help if you have a mountain of green waste, in which case you may still be looking at paying to dispose of your waste. Getting set up to do something with your green waste at home means saying goodbye to paying to turf that waste once and for all.
It’s not that difficult
It’s 2023, guys. In fact, it’s nearly 2024. So, there’s no excuse anymore. With the expanse of the internet and the easily digestible nuggets of info on social media these days, you almost have to go out of your way not to learn how to live greener.
Maybe you’ve seen a TikTok about turning green waste into Christmas decor, you’ve scrolled through Pinterest and felt the urge to build a worm farm out of pallets, or you’ve read our blog about how to compost your green waste. Doing something cool with your green waste is easy and fun, so why not give it a go?
It brings communities together
In this day and age, we tend to default to keeping to ourselves and so many of us miss out on making community connections. Learning how to do something with your green waste is a great excuse to call up your parents, talk to your neighbours, visit the community garden, and tap into the knowledge that the people around you have.
It’s a great way to bring people together and, you never know, if you’re short on space, or decide you’re not interested in dealing to your own green waste, you might find someone who would gratefully take it off your hands – they might even give you a six-pack to say cheers!
Technology can help
As we said, it’s 2023. With so many companies offering home-composting gadgets these days, it’s easier than ever before to turn your green waste into a valuable resource from your garden, balcony, or even your kitchen countertop!
Support green businesses
If you’re not in a position to deal with your green waste yourself, at home, one way to do the right thing with it is to support local green businesses, like Pink Bins!
We’re biased, we know! But we also really care about the planet. When you support Pink Bins you are supporting a company that is taking real steps to ensure waste is disposed of responsibly. When you hire a Pink Bin or buy a Pink Bag, you can dispose of your general waste at the same time as your green waste and we’ll sort it out for you at our recycling facility. This way, you know that any waste that can be reclaimed will be, instead of having it sent straight to the dump.
Living sustainably, and disposing of, or repurposing green waste responsibly, is an ongoing challenge for most Kiwis. It can be hard to know exactly where to start and what to do, but every effort helps, so don’t get caught up on a quest to become the green waste master overnight! Taking small steps consistently can be rewarding and it has a huge impact over time. Pink Bins, and an ever-growing number of people across the globe, think it’s worth the effort, so what have you got to lose? Have a go at dealing with your green waste at home!
…we know you’ll still probably need to deal with general refuse too, on occasion, so feel free to give us a call the next time you have rubbish to dispose of, we’ll sort you out with a Pink Bins’ rubbish bin and then we’ll take care of the rest. Better living everyone!