Guide to Green Waste Recycling | AMS News

Our guide to green waste recycling

As we head into the height of summer, more of us are making the most of the gorgeous weather by spending time in the garden clearing them out, and maybe making the perfect outdoor area to chill in for the rest of the season.

But what are you doing with your garden waste? Just like cardboard and plastic, you should be recycling it.

In this article we are going to explain why it is important to recycle your green waste, and how you can do just that.

What is green waste?

To recycle effectively, it is important that you separate the waste types out correctly. You can think of green waste as any organic or garden waste; if it is biodegradable and grows in your garden, it can go into the green waste pile.

This often includes:

  • Grass trimmings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Branches
  • Plants
  • Flowers
  • Leaves

Why is recycling green waste so important?

As we all strive for sustainability, we want to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill. People may not realise, but we should be making just as much effort at reducing the amount of green waste going to landfill as we do with cardboard and plastics. This is because when left to decompose in a landfill, green waste produces more methane into the atmosphere.

However, when the green waste is recycled or composted this is avoided, making it more environmentally friendly.

Another slightly more practical bonus of recycling green waste is that the more we recycle, the less space will be needed for landfills. Currently, UK landfills are near capacity so sending more waste to landfill will result in the need for them to expand and take up more of our green space. Not only is this bad for the environment, but it also means that we lose green areas.

How to avoid landfill

Composting green waste

Homeowners and businesses can compost the green waste that they generate. Composting is a great idea because you can also throw leftover fruit and vegetables into the pile too. This is waste that can’t go into a green waste recycling bin, so in doing this you are killing two birds with one stone.

If you have an allotment, or you’re particularly green fingered, composting can be a particularly effective way of recycling your green waste as you can then use it in your vegetable plots. Organic material becomes a rich and fertile resource that is great for soil and will encourage wildlife into your garden. So not only will you be helping your fruit and veg grow, but you will be giving wildlife a safe space.

Tip: Composting can be started and done throughout the year!

Recycling green waste

If you don’t have a compost heap in your garden or on your business premises, then you need to consider recycling your green waste. You will need to keep any organic rubbish separate from your other waste (cardboard, glass, general waste etc). As long as you keep all grass, leaves, flowers and branches together and separated from other waste types it can be taken away and recycled.

Recycle green waste with AMS

At Avon Material Supplies, we have a range of services that can help you recycle your green waste, no matter how much you might have.

Skip bags

If you are having a small clear out of your garden, allotment or outdoor space and will have a small amount of green waste then one of our green waste skip bags will be perfect.

They can hold up to a tonne of waste yet are still fairly small, making them suitable for anywhere with limited space.

They are easy to fill and you don’t have to worry about moving them as we can deliver and collect skip bags to anyone in the BH postcode.

The process is simple, you can order a green waste skip bag on our online shop, we will then deliver it to you at a convenient time. Once you have filled up the bag and it is ready to be collected, all you need to do is give us a call and arrange a collection time.

Call us on 01202 579579 to learn more about skip bags or to order one, or order online here.


If you are working on a slightly bigger project that will produce too much waste for a skip bag, then you will need a green waste skip.

We have 4 sizes of skips; our smallest size is 4 yards which can hold up to 40 filled black bin bags. We then have a 6 yard skip which will hold 60 filled bin bags, and an 8 yard skip which will hold 80 filled bin bags. The largest skip we can provide is a 12 yard skip which will hold around 120 filled bin bags.

Not sure which size skip you might need? Give our friendly team a call on 01202 579579 and we can help you figure out which size will be suitable for you.

If you don’t have any private land that we can place the skip on, we can also arrange on-road permits, and any signage, lights and cones when required.

RoRo hire

If you are working on a large-scale project and will need to clear large volumes of green waste you might need a RoRo container.

We can supply 15 – 40 yard RoRos depending on what your needs are. These are suitable for commercial or construction projects where there will be a lot of green waste to dispose of. You will need a generously sized space for our driver to set the container down, so are not suitable for places with limited space.

Grab lorry

Some projects might require a little more help with the clearance of green waste. Whether you are a business or individual, we can help with this too. We operate a fleet of 4,6 and 8 wheel grab lorries in the BH postcode.

A benefit of this would be that the green waste wouldn’t be sitting around on site for long periods of time as we will take it away with us.

If you are unsure if a grab lorry is what you need, get in touch with us on 01202 579579.

Discuss your green waste with us

Hopefully this article has explained why green waste recycling is so important and got you to think about how you will dispose of your green waste in the future.

We would be happy to discuss your green waste management needs with you. Call us on 01202 579579, or email us at

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