Spring has sprung a little early this year, and that means that it is time to start getting active in the garden again — whether that is trimming back some of last year’s plants and trees or planting some vegetable seeds for a wealth of delicious home-grown veg on your dinner table later in the year.
Whatever you are up to in the garden this spring and summer, you will no doubt be creating some garden waste. When you cut the grass, you’re left with grass cuttings; when you cut the hedge, you’re left with hedge clippings; and when autumn hits, you’re left with leaves everywhere.
With sunshine and a garden that is waking up after winter comes more time spent doing jobs in the garden, and therefore more garden waste to get rid of. However, garden waste is produced throughout most the year.
Some local councils collect garden waste from the kerbside, and you are lucky if you live in one of those areas, although it often comes at a small cost. The coloured bins for this service tend to be green, brown or black. What your local council collects in your garden waste bin varies across the country, from location to location, however the generally accepted contents in garden wheelie bins are:
You can find out about local garden waste collection here.
If your local council doesn’t offer kerbside garden waste disposal, you’ll have to take the waste to your local recycling centre. However, where do you store it in the meantime? After all, you don’t want to have to visit the recycling centre more often than you need to. So, a garden wheelie bin could be the ideal solution in this situation — a garden bin that you own.
Depending on the size of your garden and how much work you are doing in it, a 60-litre wheelie bin, 80-litre wheelie bin, 120 litre wheelie bin, 140 litre wheelie bin, 180-litre wheelie bin or 240 litre wheelie bin would be ideal. These are all made of a specially formulated HDPE plastic, which makes them perfect for outdoor storage — they’re resistant to UV rays as well as heat and frost, and the lip and lid of the bin prevent water from getting inside.
You might also be able to cut down on your garden waste by setting up a compost heap in your garden, but this will depend on the space available and if you have a use for the compost created. Compost is an excellent fertiliser for your plants and flowers.
If you can’t compost at home and you collect your garden waste to dispose of with your local council, it will be sent for composting too — find out all about it in the video below.
If you live in an area that uses a purple bin, you’ll need to know what goes inside it. Learn what can and can’t go in the purple wheelie bin here.