How To Dispose Of Garden Waste

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Most councils provide homes with garden waste bins for collecting all your green waste. When it comes to those bigger garden projects, though, it won’t take long for your personal bin to become full. Knowing all the options you have for garden waste and how to dispose of it is vital to know before starting those big garden projects.


Since green waste is biodegradable, there is technically nothing stopping you from placing it in a general waste bin. However, garden waste recycling is so helpful for the environment; most councils would prefer it if we kept our garden waste separate from our other waste. Using it for composting can be a valuable aid for farmers and land, so making sure we dispose of it properly can make a big difference.

What is Garden Waste?

What actually constitutes garden waste seems pretty vague. It’s essentially anything that is natural and biodegradable. Councils like to keep it separate as it can be used for composting and as topsoil when farming. Local councils may differ on what is accepted, so it is always best to check on your local guidelines first.

What Can Go In Your Garden Waste?​

Knowing what can and cannot go into your garden waste is important to know. The most common items are:

  • Grass clippings and soil
  • Weeds and flowers
  • Twigs, branches, and bark
  • Vegetables and fruit
  • Bedding for vegetarian pets

All of these are great for recycling, and your local council will have no trouble in disposing of this. However, avoid anything such as plastic-based materials or garden ornaments like plant pots and statues. Remember to check your local guidelines as well, as they could differ.

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How To Recycle Garden Waste?

There are many different ways to go about getting your garden waste recycled. The most common, and probably the easiest, is locating your nearest recycling centre. They will have all the necessary tools to recycle garden waste.


Some councils even supply a collection service for green waste disposal. This can come with a small fee for the collection, but it is a great way to know that your waste is being properly dealt with.


You can also use skips for disposing of garden waste, and most skip companies will recycle the materials they gather. Check with the company first, but here at C & R Lewis, we have the ability to recycle up to 90% of the waste collected. On average (in a year) 80% of all our waste is recycled.

Supplies Needed For Garden Waste Disposal

No matter what option you choose for getting rid of your garden waste, at some point, you need to move a lot of it by yourself. If you’re getting it into your own bin or a provided skip, it can be a messy and tough job. Having the right tools can make a big difference. Helpful tools include:


  1. Gloves
  2. Shovel
  3. Lawnmower
  4. Green waste bags
  5. Pruning shears

With tools such as these, you can make the transportation of all that waste a lot easier and keep yourself safe at the same time. It will save you time and help you collect those bulky items.

Helpful Tips On How To Get Rid Of Garden Waste Efficiently

Separating things such as soil and gravel can help make recycling a lot easier. Also, some garden waste might be of use to you, so it is always good to separate that. Some services may also not accept certain materials as part of their garden waste.

Always check what the specific company classifies as garden waste before you set up a collection. If you separate your waste initially, then you can avoid any problems when sorting a home collection service. If you have large amounts of garden waste to sort through then why not consider looking at grab hire services in Solihull.

Some of the material might be good for your own personal use as well. For example, if you’re redoing your garden, reuse any soil that you dig up. Lots of garden waste is great for making compost as well, which will help fertilise your garden.


If you want to get rid of it still, then options that recycle the waste are always best. Green waste is a vital resource and shouldn’t be wasted.

Alternatively, you can actually turn your garden waste into compost. This is what a lot of recycling centres will do with the waste. If you are a keen gardener and don’t make your own compost with your waste, then you’re potentially missing out on a vital resource for maintaining a good garden.


What is compost?

Compost is an organic mixture of organic materials that can help fertilise the soil. It creates an environment that encourages plant growth and bacteria growth that benefits your garden.


Get a Compost Bin

You will need a good outside suitable container to store the compost. You can find plastic and wooden ones in variable sizes online; find one that suits your garden needs.


Choose a Good Location

It needs to be in a good location. You should place it in a location with soil (if you can), and it should be a slightly shaded area. You want moisture to be able to work through the soil, so it should not be in direct sunlight or a dry patch.


Choose The Right Garden Waste

Making sure you put in the right material will help make a good compost heap.


Food Waste

Vegetables and fruit are great. Also, eggshells work wonders for it.


Grass Cuttings

Whenever you mow the lawn, chuck some grass into it and all that loose soil. It’s essential.


Flower Cuttings

Any weeds or loose flowers you take up should go straight into your compost.

It will not be a quick process, but the end result will give you an incredible source of fertilisation for your garden. It’s well worth the wait!

If you are struggling to sort out a collection service of some sort, then your household green bin is still a perfect option for disposing of garden waste. Even if you have too much waste, some good garden waste bags can keep the overflow safe until your bin has been collected.

So if you are ever unsure of what to do with your garden waste, simply use your green bin. However, It is always best to check your local council’s definition of what is garden waste, as they may not accept certain materials.

If you can transport your material to a tip, it’s an amazing option for dealing with large amounts of waste. They will happily take it off your hands and recycle it for you. If you are looking at hiring professional services to dispose of your waste and wondering how much is garden waste removal, why not check out our blog article which can provide you with an average cost.

Getting a skip is another great way to deal with large amounts of green waste if you cannot transport it to a tip. Here at C&R Lewis, we have a range of different sized skips that can deal with garden waste. Take a look at what we offer; we are experts in waste management and service skip hire in Solihull and skip hire in Coventry.

A lot of people also rely on incinerators and bonfires. This is perfectly fine, but be aware of your local council’s rules regarding fumes in your area. Use an appropriate incinerator and follow the guidelines for how to use it properly.

Finding Your Nearest Recycling Centre

It is always best to use the government website for locating your nearest recycling centre. Pop in your postcode, and they will show you what is available in your area.

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How Much is Garden Waste Removal?

Garden waste removal prices range from £47 and £450 in most cases. Although the cost may differ based on the method you