Garden Clearance Advice
Sooner or later, if you have one, you’ll need to work in your garden.
Any amount of work in a garden produces waste. This is often ‘green waste’ – ranging from whole trees, branches and leaves to weeds and earth – but there’s also ‘non-green waste’ such as plant pots, plastic bags and garden furniture.
Once you’ve got all this waste, you need to get rid of it.
We all want to get rid of waste as cheaply and easily as possible but it’s also a nice idea to get rid of this waste in as environmentally friendly a way as possible. Here are some tips to help you do just that:
1. Compost Make your own compost – the internet provides plenty of advice and guidance on how to go about doing this. Once you have your own compost area, you can recycle weeds, leaves, grass clippings – even vegetable peelings – but, preferably, not larger twigs and branches since these don’t ‘compost’ well. This is a cheap, easy, effective and environmentally friendly way to recycle unwanted vegetation.
2. Segregate and separate If you decide to call in the professionals to get rid of your garden waste, it helps is you segregate what is ‘green waste’ (as a rule of thumb, this is ‘compostable’ waste); other garden waste (such as tree trunks, roots and branches), and then the ‘other’ – man made – things such as old garden furniture, plant pots, bricks, plastic bags and so on.
It’s usually significantly cheaper to dispose of green waste than to dispose of other forms of garden waste. So it’s a good idea to separate your waste into these categories to make it easier and quicker for it to be collected. Ultimately, this should make the whole exercise cheaper for you, too – especially if, at the time of booking, you tell the company that’s going to collect the waste that this is what you’ve done.
3. Keep the ‘bulk’ down Professional site clearance and waste removal firms charge customers according to how much space the waste that they collect takes up in their vehicle. So it makes sense to do all that you can to reduce the volume of the waste. If possible, put smaller items of waste inside larger items where you can!
It will also help the collectors if you can place the waste as close as possible to where it’s going to be loaded onto the collectors’ vehicle. That could save time and trouble – and, therefore, money.
4. Get the largest skip – if that’s what you want to do To help the environment, you should recycle as much of your garden waste as possible. Nonetheless, there may be times when you have a lot of waste that’s not recyclable and you decide that getting a skip for this waste is the only option. In that case, since larger skips cost less per cubic metre or yard than smaller ones, it’s a good idea to order the largest skip you feel able to fill with waste. You will need to bear in mind, however, that a number of local authorities prohibit skips larger than eight cubic yards from being left on a public road. If you want to order a larger skip than that, you’ll have to have somewhere ‘off road’ for it to stand.
Of course, before you order a skip for your waste, you should check out Waste King’s prices. It may well be possible for Waste King to collect your waste without the need for the expense and inconvenience of a skip.