How to Dispose of Garden Waste: A Garden Clearance Guide

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As we approach the warmer spring and summer months, everyone wants to get their gardens in the best condition possible. After all, there’s nothing better than spending a sunny day in the comfort of your garden. 

However, all garden maintenance work comes with a large amount of garden waste, so what is the best way to dispose of your garden waste when clearing out your garden? In this blog, we go over the best ways to dispose of garden waste, including our top tips and tricks and listing alternative ways to dispose of your waste.

Determine What Kind of Waste You Need to Dispose of

When starting any garden clearance project, you first need to determine what kind of waste you are going to be disposing of. This could range from grass cuttings, hedges and shrubs to paving slabs and fencing. Assessing the waste you need to dispose of will help you determine exactly what kind of clearance service you require and how much these services will cost.

Do I Need to Separate My Waste?

Most garden waste disposal services will charge less for just removing green waste, so it’s beneficial for you to separate your waste. This is because green waste is generally deemed to be recyclable and it’s far lighter than other types of waste. Green waste usually consists of:

·       Grass cuttings 

·       Weeds 

·       Leaves 

·       Small plants

·       Small twigs

Things like soil and plant pots aren’t deemed to be ‘green waste’. Instead, they’re classified as mixed general waste and cost more to dispose of. 

If Necessary, Reduce the Bulk of Your Waste

If you end up having quite a bit of garden waste to clear, you may want to consider trying to reduce the bulk of your waste. Most waste removal companies will charge by the volume of waste they’re taking away, so reducing the bulk of your waste can help to keep your costs down. Break up any bulky items like branches and bag up things like grass cuttings.

Consider Man & Van Clearance Services

Man and van clearance services tend to make it easier to keep your costs low. They usually charge by the amount of waste to clear and how long it takes to clear it. You can help to reduce labour fees by placing your waste as close as possible to where they’ll park and load up their van. You could also store the waste in bin liners so it’s easier for them to load it into their truck. 

Other Ways to Dispose of Garden Waste

There are several other ways of disposing of garden waste. Some of which include:

Composting Garden Waste

Composting your garden waste is actually a lot easier than it may seem. Get a compost bin for your garden and add all your green garden waste to it. You could also add leftover kitchen waste to the compost. 

Recycling Timber

Any leftover timber in your garden can easily be repurposed or recycled. For example, you could turn your timber waste into a DIY project, such as making shelves for your home. Most types of timber can be recycled, so enquire at your nearest recycling centre if you don’t wish to reuse it.

Reusing Unwanted Materials in the Garden

Another alternative to removing your garden waste is reusing any unwanted materials in your garden. Not only is this eco-friendly, but it can also help you massively reduce your costs. Compost, for example, will help to keep your soil healthy, saving you from having to buy top soil or feed. Any leftover plastic containers can also be used as planters and spare bits of wood can be used as labels for plants and flowers.

Hiring a Skip for Your Garden Clearance Top Tips

There are a few things to bear in mind if you wish to hire a skip for your garden clearance, so here are our top tips:

Consult Your Skip Provider About the Correct Size Skip for You

When it comes to deciding what size skip for garden clearance, most of us don’t know where to start. That’s why it’s important that you consult with your skip provider to make sure you book an appropriately sized skip for the amount of garden waste you have. Ordering a skip that is too big is a waste of money, but if you order one that’s too small, you may have to pay for a second collection.

Consider the Location of Your Skip

You’ll also need to consider where you’re going to put the skip, whether that’s on your driveway or the road. If it’s the latter, you may need a permit from your local council, so bear this in mind before you order.  

Make Sure You Have Access to the Skip

You need to make sure you can actually access the skip to load your waste into it. If it’s placed on your driveway but you can’t walk around it freely, getting all your waste inside could prove challenging. Think about how you’ll be lifting your waste into the skip too – if you’re going to be using a wheelbarrow, you’ll want to be able to set up a ramp.

Check with Your Local Council on Licensing Requirements

As we mentioned above, most councils have licensing requirements when it comes to where you can put a skip and how long you can keep it for. It’s best to consult with them first before hiring a skip so you don’t face any unnecessary fines or even complaints from your neighbours.

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