Gardener's green bin hack divides Aussies

It's a simple but effective method the Sydney gardener said, but some people thought otherwise.

One "clever" Aussie man has unveiled what he says is the "greatest gardening hack of all time", revealing the inventive way he manages to fit all of his backyard trimmings into his overflowing green bin — but not everyone's convinced by the idea.

Sydney gardener and popular social media personality Nathan Stafford, of Nathan's Lawns and Gardens, uploaded a video to fans showing how he squeezes a mountain of off-cuts and trimmings into his full green kerbside bin, which otherwise would've completely overflowed.

"Is this the greatest gardening and lawn mowing hack that you'll ever see in your lifetime? You let me know," Nathan's video began.

Gardener and social media personality Nathan showing fans his full green bin.
Gardener and social media personality Nathan has revealed to fans what he said was 'the greatest gardening hack of all time'. Source: Facebook

"So as you can see there was a full green bin of gardening waste, I poured it all into a pile and I got my lawnmower out and mulched it all up. All in all it took me about four to five minutes in real time, and this is the bit where I sealed the deal, I put the catcher on at the end.

"I've gone over it all to save my back, and here I am about to pour it all into the green bin...when I started it was completely full — now have a look at that."

The video then shows the bin to be less than a quarter of a way full, compared with its overflowing state prior to the "hack". The video amassed over 800,000 views and almost 20,000 interactions, with people everywhere weighing in with their thoughts.

"A job really WELL done!" one man, clearly impressed, wrote.

"Love your tips! I used to do this when I mowed! It’s such an effortless way to get rid of piles," a woman said. "I used to do the same with large leaves and shrubs then [put it] into the compost, always had good soil," another woman wrote.

Nathan showing fans how he ground up his trimmings into mulch.
Using a lawn mower, Nathan managed to condense his garden trimmings to a fraction of their original size. Source: Facebook

"Smart idea and that's actually good stuff for your garden beds and fruit trees," a man echoed.

On the flip side however, some others queried whether the effort was worth the extra space in the bin.

"Anyone thinking about the cost of fuel/gas used to do this?" one man said. "My luck, my mower would break," a sceptical woman said. "What about the weight of the bin? Bin hydraulics are so poor they can't take mine sometimes because it's too heavy," said another.

That user's concerns were actually realised in Victoria just this month, when one Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) bin in Frankston was found to be over 100 kilograms in weight.

When opening the lid, popular online garbo Dylan discovered the 240-litre bin was almost full to the brim with dirt — a material not allowed in FOGO bins.

Unable to empty the bin due to its weight and contents, he put a sticker on it to let the owner know it was not collected and why — and the reaction from Aussies to the move has been one of confusion and even anger.

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