What To Do With Garden Waste

If you’ve had a clear out in the garden, you’re likely to have a fair bit of waste to get rid of. But what do you do with the mounds of grass clippings, heaps of soil and bags of branches now? In this blog post, we give you some options on what to do with your garden waste.

Use your local garden waste bin service

Most local councils provide garden waste collection for residents. These services work much like your regular bin collections, but are purely for garden waste.

If you want your local bin men to collect your garden waste, you’ll need to sign up for the service with your local council. Signing up for a garden waste bin comes with a small annual fee, which allows you to get all your garden waste collected throughout the year.

A garden waste bin provided by your local council allows you to dispose of the following:

• Grass cuttings
• Leaves
• Hedge and plant trimmings

However, things like soil, compost, large trunks and turf can not be disposed of in this way.

Take it to the local recycling centre

Another option is to take garden waste to your local recycling centre. Here, you can dispose of materials such as soil, large branches and turf which you cannot put into your garden waste bin.

Depending on the regulations at your recycling centre, there may be a small fee for disposal of some items.

Add it to your compost bin

If you own a compost bin or heap, it’s possible that you could dispose of some garden waste here. Things like grass clippings and plant cuttings are a great source of nitrogen and moisture that can help break things down in your composter.

This is a great way to reuse the products of your garden too, with the resulting compost a great nutritional feed for lawns and plant beds.

Shred it!

If you’ve got a lot of wood or branches to get rid of, why not invest in a garden shredder?

These handy tools allow you to break down and shred bigger wooden objects, like trunks and hedge clippers, making them a more manageable size suitable for garden waste bins and easier to transport.

Start a bonfire

For large quantities of wood and plant matter, a bonfire is a great way to get rid of your heap quickly and without the hassle of moving the pile from A to B.

For a safe bonfire, you need to:

• Only light the fire on a still day
• Check & comply with legal legislation about bonfires in your area
• Ensure you have enough clear space around the fire to prevent it from spreading
• Keep a close eye on the fire at all times

Once your fire is finished, turn the ashes with a pitchfork or rake and douse with water. Once dried, collect your ashes and mix with your compost for extra nutritious feed for your plants and soil!

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