Garden Waste: How to Dispose of it?

Garden Waste Disposal

Looking to clean up your garden, maybe redesign it entirely do a bit of landscaping? Or just cut the lawn. What are you going to do with all that garden waste? All these big garden projects will produce a lot of garden waste that needs getting rid of. Read on to see how to dispose of your garden waste with ease. 

What is Considered Garden Waste?

Green waste can be a mixture of organic materials:

  • Grass clippings

  • Weeds

  • Flowers

  • Leaves

  • Sticks 

  • Shrubbery

How can I Dispose of Garden Waste?

After identifying the type of materials that needs to be discarded, there are several options for disposal. One option is composting where organic matter is mixed together with soil and water in balance in order to make nutrient-rich fertiliser for the garden. Alternatively, you could put it in your green waste bin for collection by your local council, you could take it to your local tip, hiring a man in van service to collect it or hire a garden waste skip.

Do I need to keep my Garden Waste Separate?

It is important to keep your garden refuse separate from your general waste. First of all, having it collected separately ensures that your garden waste is disposed of in an appropriate way where it can be composted and reused. Separating it means that these resources can be used again instead of lying in a landfill site indefinitely. 

Additionally, when you keep your garden separate, you won't mix it with heavier wastes like hardcore materials such as bricks or waste patio slabs.  Keeping green waste separate from general waste allows it to be disposed of in the most environmentally friendly manner. 

Why Hire a Garden Waste Skip?

Garden waste skip hire is an easy and cost-effective way to dispose of your garden waste. Garden waste skips allows the collection of large amounts of garden materials in one place, making it easier to transport and dispose of safely. You will be able to fit more garden waste into a skip compared to your green waste bin. 

Green waste skip hire will be very convenient, the skip will be delivered to your property, you will fill it with your waste and then the filled skip will be collected on dates that suit you. Furthermore, garden waste skip hire helps reduce your environmental footprint as you aren’t travelling back and forth with small amounts of garden waste to the tip. This reduces both carbon emissions and fuel consumption (also save you a bit of money with the price of fuel).

For a convenient, cost effective method of disposing of garden waste, skip hire could be the best tool for the job. 



What Size Green Waste Skip will I need ?

Before hiring a skip you need to know your skip sizes and what skip sizes will be best for the job.  You will need to estimate how much garden waste there is. While it's easy to underestimate the amount of waste generated when clearing out a garden, it's important to choose the right size skip in order to handle your garden clearing project.

In general, smaller-scale jobs such as trimming back shrubs or pruning trees are suitable for 2 yard skips. If you need more space then a larger skip such as a 4 yard skip or a 6 yard skip  may be better suited.

Ultimately the size of the skip you should choose depends on the level of gardening you're undertaking and the amount of garden waste you're dealing with so make sure you assess both. If in doubt contact the skip hire team, they should be able to answer any questions.  

Is there any Green Waste you Cannot put in a Garden Waste Skip?

Most skip suppliers will accept all types of green waste, the one thing that may not be allowed by some skip hire companies is tree roots. We would advise always checking with your garden waste skip supplier, to see if tree roots are allowed in their skips. The other thing to not is turf is not allowed in a green waste skip, as this contains soil.  

Can I put Garden Waste in a Mixed Waste Skip?

Yes you can. If you are carrying out multiple home improvement projects you can fill a mixed waste skip with a variety of materials, including garden waste. In these skips you could put garden furniture, plant pots, hardcore materials and many more. Check here for things you can and cannot put in a skip. A great tip is to fill the skip with green waste first, and then pile the heavier material on top, this will make sure you are using all the area of the skip, being as cost effective as possible.  

How Long does a Garden Clearance Take?

The answer to this question largely depends on the size of your garden and how much material that needs to be cleared. Generally, smaller gardens can take between one and two days for a full clearance, while bigger gardens can take up to three or four days with large amounts of waste to clear. If you have an especially unruly garden with a great deal of overgrown bushes and trees, then this process could take considerably longer. 

It is also important to note that you may need to hire additional help or machinery for especially large garden clearance projects. In any case, it’s best to speak with a professional clearance provider ahead of time, these guys will have an expert team, so you can get an estimate on the amount of time that it will take.

What are the Benefits of Disposing of Garden Waste?

For any household it can be difficult to manage the build-up of garden waste. Fortunately, disposing of it can offer a host of benefits:

  • Free up valuable space in your garden and outside spaces

  • Decrease pests numbers by decreasing nesting spots

  • Composting or recycling this type of waste can generate nutrient-filled soil which is ideal for planting new flower beds or vegetable gardens. (Low cost fertiliser)


So if you have many projects for the garden this year make sure you know your garden waste disposal options. Whatever it may be, grass, weeds, lawn trimmings, leaves there will be a disposal option for you. Whether it be Composting, Council Collection, Local Tip, Man in Van Service and a Garden Waste Skip.

Author: Spencer Murphy

Date: 8/12/2022

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