garden clearance guide

Garden clearance guide

28 June 2020

The ultimate guide to garden rubbish disposal...

If you’ve been busy working on your garden recently, you may be in need of a waste clearance.  This article aims to provide you with different disposal options that are responsible, efficient and keep the costs down. 

  1. Separate your green waste
  2. Reduce the bulkiness of your waste
  3. Make your own compost
  4. Incinerators & bonfires
  5. Hire a skip
  6. Use a Man & Van clearance company
  7. Put your garden waste in a skip bag

1. Separate your green garden rubbish

Green waste is super easy to recycle and can be used for compost.  Recyclable green waste typically includes small twigs, grass trimmings, leaves, weeds and flowers.  The other type of waste found in your garden is mixed general waste – this consists of plant pots, soil, bricks, garden furniture, branches etc.  Mixed general waste is not as easy as green waste to dispose of and therefore costs more to get rid of.  Therefore, it’s a good idea to separate these two waste types into individual piles.

If you’re using a skip company or man and van clearance company to remove your garden waste, make them aware of the waste types you have as they’re normally able to offer a reduced fee for green waste.

2. Reduce the bulkiness of your garden waste

The cost of your waste removal depends on the volume of your waste.  In other words, the more space your waste takes up, the more expensive it will be.  This is why it’s a great idea to break down any waste where possible, i.e. cutting up branches or placing heavier items on the top of the pile to push and squash down the waste.  Another helpful tip is to bag up waste such as leaves and grass cuttings as this will reduce the volume of your waste.

3. Make your own compost

Making your own garden compost can be quite time consuming but it’s a really effective way of disposing of your garden waste while being environmentally responsible and even better, it’s free!

You can make your own compost by using grass trimmings, leaves, bark and old compost left over in plant pots.  Grass trimmings can also be left on the grass to decompose and provide nutrients for your lawn.  Make sure you use both dry and moist matter in your compost as moisture is important in the composting process.  Here is a great step-by-step guide on composting.

4. Incinerators and bonfires for disposal of garden waste

If you’re planning on burning your garden waste, incinerators are a much safer option than bonfires and burn the waste a lot faster.  They are ideal for burning green waste such as weeds, lawn cuttings, twigs, hedge trimmings and some people use them to destroy confidential documents.  They are safer than bonfires because they burn at a much higher temperature meaning the waste burns faster, all whilst creating a lot less smoke than bonfires produce.

Although bonfires aren’t our first choice due to not being the most environmentally friendly method of disposing of garden waste, no garden clearance guide would be complete without them as plenty of people light bonfires in their gardens. It is completely legal to start a bonfire in your garden, however, there are laws against the nuisance they cause.  For this reason, it’s important to make sure your waste is as dry as possible as this will reduce the amount of smoke they produce.  Also, it’s worth checking if your neighbours have any laundry out to dry and if your local council have time restrictions on when you light a bonfire.

We do not endorse burning garden waste - fires can easily go wrong and they also pollute the air with harmful smoke.  There are alternatives listed in this article that are more eco-friendly.  

5. Using a skip for garden waste disposal

Skip hire can be a great option for disposing of garden waste, especially because there are a variety of skip sizes to choose from depending on how much waste you have.  If you have enough garden waste to fill a large skip, it makes sense to order the biggest skip possible.  This is because bigger skips cost less per cubic yard than smaller skips.  However, please bear in mind that some councils don’t allow skips bigger than 8 cubic yards on public roads, so unless you have the space on your driveway or front garden, you may not be allowed to order the biggest skip.


6. Use a Man & Van clearance company

Using a man & van clearance company to collect your garden waste is a great way to get rid of your waste fast.  They charge customers based on the volume of waste and how much time it takes to load it into the van.  It’s therefore a really good idea to bag up any loose garden waste and place your pile as close as possible to where they may park their van as it will help reduce their loading time.


7. Put your garden waste in a skip bag

Skip and Hippo bags are quite often used for garden clearances and they’re ideal for smaller garden projects.  They’re a great alternative to skips if you don’t have the space but bear in mind, if you’ll be using a crane lorry to pick up the skip bag, you’ll need to ensure the bag is close enough to the road for the lorry to reach it.  If you can’t place the bag close to the road, man and van waste teams are happy to collect the contents of your skip bag from anywhere on the property and leave the bag with you for reuse.

Skip bags are also useful when used in the garden to store logs and collect any leaves, twigs or grass trimmings.

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