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Green/Organic Waste Recycling – New Initiative
Launching this week is our new initiative. A new skip service will be available exclusively for green and organic waste. These are the recyclable materials which are not required or are not suitable for composting on plots or were previously burnt on the fire site. The green waste skip service will be scheduled on site at frequent intervals.
This is a list of green materials which can be put in the skip and below that is a list of prohibited materials some of which should be taken to the fire site for disposal. Following on from the lists is our rationale for this new recycling initiative.
GREEN/ORGANIC WASTE RECYCLING
PERMITTED MATERIALS FOR THE GREEN WASTE SKIP ARE:
- DRY VEGETATION
- GREEN VEGETATION
- GRASS CUTTINGS
- HEDGE TRIMMINGS
- TREE PRUNINGS NO LARGER THAN:
- 60cm LENGTH 20cm DIAMETER
PROHIBITED MATERIALS NOT FOR THE GREEN WASTE SKIP ARE:
- NO SOIL – APART FROM RESIDUE ON PLANT ROOTS
- NO LARGE BRANCHES OR LOGS (SEE ABOVE FOR DIMENSIONS)
- NO TIMBER OR TREATED WOOD
- NO PLASTIC OR PLASTIC BAGS
- NO GENERAL WASTE OR RUBBISH
- LARGE BRANCHES AND LOGS
- TIMBER OR TREATED WOOD
We considered various options to better dispose of our surplus green waste. That is the amount of green matter not required or unsuitable for composting by plotholders. This resulted from:
- Our decision to stop fires (following complaints) on individual plots
- Although we encourage composting the amount of surplus material taken to the dedicated fire site means we are burning large quantities much too often
- Awareness of environmental considerations and the penalties if causing a statutory nuisance from persistent burning
- Our borough being a smoke free area
- And local government proposals to ban bonfires
As we receive deliveries of dark compost from London Waste (recycled from agricultural and garden waste) we pursued the possibility of sending our surplus for recycling. This is a preferable option to burning by turning our green waste into dark compost rather than emitting smoke, fumes and smells prejudicial to the health and well-being of the environment, our neighbours and plot-holders.
We took a proposal to the council, London Borough of Barnet, who responded enthusiastically to our ideas and with their help we can now launch our green waste recycling project.
Operationally we will have scheduled skip deliveries and collections although only with actual experience will we accurately determine usage and frequency. Based on the amount of material deposited on the burning site we estimate a need for several skips annually with frequency based on demand and seasonality.
We have also promoted this initiative with Barnet Allotment Federation and a number of allotment sites are now considering joining the project.
What will happen to our surplus green waste?
The skip loads of organic materials are sent to the London Waste conversion site for processing. The materials are shredded and piled into silos to decompose. The large heaps generate high temperatures to quickly break down the material which is then reintroduced as dark compost for agricultural and horticultural purposes which is primarily suitable as a soil conditioner.