Green Waste to Mulch in Georgia

Garden mulch helps plants stay healthyHow does my green waste become mulch?

Green waste is biodegradable waste that consists of garden or lawn clippings, such as grass or flower cuttings and hedge trimmings, as well as food waste (excluding packaging.)

Mulch is a combination of materials spread around or over a plant or soil area to enrich or insulate the soil.  There are two types, Organic and Inorganic. Both types consist primarily of Green Waste. Both have important uses in gardening and landscaping.

Organic Mulch

Prevents weed growth, while enriching the soil as it decomposes. Organic Mulch materials do NOT consist of:

  • Weeds
  • Tree trunks and stumps
  • Lumber (plywood, chipboard, etc.)
  • Palm fibers
  • Wood pallets
  • Cactus
  • Soil or
  • Any non-biodegradable materials (e.g. rocks, metal, plastic)

Inorganic Mulch

Prevents weed growth as well as allowing for added insulation for colder climates to protect growing plants from weather and erosion. Inorganic Much materials often contain several materials not found in the organic variety to increase its endurance.

If you are planning a project at your home or business that will result in large quantities of green waste, think about recycling. Reuse of our natural resource is an important choice in waste disposal.

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