Garden clearance guide

Garden clearances can be hard work and expensive. Here's some tips and advice to save time and cash

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Are you planning on doing lots of work to your garden?

If you need to get rid of the waste as cheaply and efficiently as possible, here is some useful garden clearance advice.

Separate green waste materials

Not all garden waste is easily recyclable but the stuff that is costs a lot less to get rid of. Recyclable ‘green waste’ consists of grass, weeds, leaves, and very small twigs. On the other hand branches, plastic bags, garden furniture, soil, bricks and plant pots are mixed general waste. ‘Green waste’ generally costs at least half as much per tonne to dispose of compared to general mixed waste. That means it makes a lot of sense if you can separate your waste into two piles.

When calling a skip company or man and van rubbish clearance company to remove the waste, be sure to specify at the time of booking what type of waste you have, because if you have the space and time to segregate it, they will offer you a reduced fee for the ‘green waste’.

Try to reduce the bulkiness of your garden waste as much as possible

Waste removal companies charge on the basis of volume, in other words according to how much space your waste takes up. The greater the volume, the greater the fee, so our advice is to try to reduce the space your waste takes up as much as possible by cutting up bulky items like branches and placing heavier items on top to push them down. Equally, leaves and grass cuttings should where possible be bagged, as this helps reduce volume and also assists with loading (see below)

Reduce labour fees of a man & van clearance company

Man and van clearance companies charge by the amount of waste removed and the time it takes to remove it. Help reduce their loading time by placing your garden waste as close as possible to where they are likely to park their van. Equally, even though plastic cannot be included in green waste, if you store the waste in garden bags or bin liners, it will make their loading job much faster. The clearance crew will simply empty the contents of the bags into the truck and then return the bags to you for reuse.

If you use a skip, order the largest skip you can

Assuming you have quite a lot of garden waste, it is sensible advice to order as large a skip as you can because larger skips costs less per cubic metre or cubic yard of waste than smaller ones. Bear in mind, however, that most councils will not allow a skip larger than 8 cubic yards on a public road. So despite the economies of a larger skip, unless you have the space off road, you may well be constrained by the council from ordering anything larger than 8 yards.

Logs can be sold

Despite the need for smokeless fuel in many parts of the country, a lot of people have wood burning fires or stoves. So if you have had a tree cropped or cut down, it’s worth asking the tree surgeons to cut it into logs and place it at the front of your property. A small sign ‘Logs for sale’ or ‘Please help yourself’ will normally result in the logs disappearing within days!

Don’t forget to compost

Yes, it does require a little bit of effort and you may need to invest a few pounds in creating an enclosed area for your compost, but creating your own compost heap is definitely the most cost effective and environmentally responsible way of disposing of garden waste. For further tips and advice visit RecycleNow or GardenOrganic.

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