Make use of autumn leaves

I understand that the huge tonange of wet leaves swept up on Birminghams streets every year go into the incinerator. They could instead be broken down into leaf mould and used on the land. Worms would vote for this!

Why the contribution is important

Leaves are a resource. Soil needs carbon to amke humus and hold water and nutrients. We should be looking to lock up some carbon from the atmospheer into the ground, to help reverse build up of carbon dioxide gas.

by JohnNewson on December 20, 2015 at 04:20PM

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  • Posted by ALAN December 20, 2015 at 18:19

    Agreed, however, can not this and other green waste be burnt for power and the compact residue returned to the land?

    In my area there are now substantial piles of rotting leaves, slippery where trodden.

    Why cannot "work experience" persons and criminals be used for this (and other) tasks.
  • Posted by DavidKimberley December 22, 2015 at 11:58

    Citation required - who says they are burnt? A lot of the green waste and organic matter that is collected does indeed go into fertiliser and things like that which get re-used in parks and green areas.
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