What is garden waste? Garden waste can consist of materials such as grass, leaves, weeds, plants, flowers, and so on. If you are wondering how to dispose of garden waste, there are many options to choose from. Most garden waste can be recycled both at home, or can be taken to a garden waste recycling point, or put in your household garden waste bin. Sometimes, when carrying out a large project in your garden, it can produce too much waste to get rid of the traditional ways, such as putting it in your household bin. In the UK, it is estimated that 288 kg of garden waste is produced per household a year. If you want to get rid of the waste cheaply and efficiently, then read more for some top tips that you may not have thought of.
7 Tips For Getting Rid Of Garden Waste
So, what are the best ways of getting rid of garden waste? Listed below are seven options that may be suitable for you and your needs:
1. Separate green materials for recycling
One of the best options for getting rid of garden waste is separating your materials into recyclables and non-recyclables. Recyclable materials tend to cost less to dispose of. Grass, weeds, and leaves, for example, are recyclable, while plastic, furniture, bricks, and soil are not. Recyclable waste costs half as much to dispose of as non-recyclable waste, thus splitting the recyclable waste into two piles will save money.
2. Chop waste up small
The general rule of thumb is the higher the volume of waste you have, the more expensive it will be to dispose of. This means you should try to chop up and compact the materials as best as you can so it reduces the amount of space it takes up, reducing the overall cost. The bulkiness of the materials will also help to dictate which kind of waste disposal service you will need and you’ll maybe even need to hire an extra hand if it is too heavy or bulky for yourself. Once these materials have been chopped and sorted, a way to compact these materials is placing the heavier materials, such as logs, on top of lighter ones, such as grass cuttings, which will push them down and reduce their overall volume.
Composting is a notoriously long process which requires some work, but it can be very rewarding and can be used to fertilise the soil in your garden, so is definitely cost-effective and environmentally friendly! By creating an enclosed compost heap, leaves, grass trimmings, branches, can all be added and composted. If you do decide to compost your garden waste, there is a procedure that you need to follow, this will allow the naturally occurring microbes to convert your natural waste into nutrient-rich soil. A top tip for composting is the smaller the pieces in the compost, the less time it will take to break down and will be composted quicker
4. Incinerators and bonfires
Investing in an incinerator or having an open fire should never be the go-to option, as they are not the most environmentally friendly thing to choose. Make sure to check with your local authorities that it is legal to have a fire. Incinerators burn at very high temperatures and produce less smoke than an open bonfire, so are deemed more favourable. If you do decide to burn any garden waste, make sure to do it early in the morning or later in the evening when your neighbours are less likely to be sitting in their gardens, and check your neighbours don’t have their windows open.
5. Hire a skip
A very easy method to get rid of a lot of waste at once. Skips are an easy and cost-effective option as the skip gets dropped off and picked up, all you need to do is fill it, so minimises the cost of petrol from the many trips to the local recycling centre. A skip hire company is usually very flexible, meaning the skips can be dropped at your house the same day you order it, or arrange a specific date that suits you.
Before hiring the skip, you need to check what you can put in a skip. Most garden materials are allowed in a skip, but there are certain items that aren’t. Things that are not allowed are any hazardous items such as gas cylinders such as ones used for a BBQ, any animal waste, electrical equipment, lighting or tyres.
6. Sell valuable materials
Many people have log fires in their houses so there is always a market for selling logs for firewood. As well as this, digging up plants in a way that they can be replanted is also useful as people are always looking for new plants for their garden. Other items such as furniture can be upcycled and sold, it is always worth trying to give these things a new home and new lease of life before you send them to the landfill. You could post on your local Facebook group or leave a sign outside your house, and the logs and plants will most likely be collected the same day.
7. Grab Hire
Great for really big landscaping projects, when you want waste removed the same day, grab hire is a great option to take materials that won’t fit into a standard car or skip to a local recycling centre or landfill. Grab hire provides quick and efficient removal of large volumes of waste, hence why it would be suited for larger projects and harder to reach places where a skip maybe could not reach.
What Is The Best Option For You?
Depending on the type of garden waste and how much you have, there is always an option to suit your needs. When deciding on the best one, it is important to be environmentally conscious, so opt for the waste disposal methods that are going to reuse and recycle the materials you already have, such as by composting.