How to Dispose of Garden Waste Responsibly

Graphic of garden waste in a skip

We’re well into lockdown, so if you haven’t had a chance to carry out some of those changes to your garden that you were planning, then now’s the time. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that garden renovations can generate a lot of waste, so it’s important to ensure that you’re properly clued up on the best way to dispose of it all. 

That’s where we come in. Here’s a simple guide from the Camiers team covering how to dispose of garden waste responsibly.

Composting: the dos and don’ts

One of the benefits of handling garden waste is that it can be mostly dealt with by composting, an effective and eco-friendly way of giving something back to nature with your waste. Of course, not all waste can be composted, so you need to make sure that you know exactly what can and what can’t before you get started.

Here’s a list of waste that you can compost:

  • Leaves, grass and weeds
  • Twigs, tree barks and pruned branches
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Cardboard and shredded paper
  • Teabags and coffee grounds

As you can see, you can compost pretty much all of the waste that you will come across while gardening, even some items that you wouldn’t expect to be able to compost, such as paper and cardboard. 

Here are some of the items that you won’t be able to put on your compost heap:

  • Dairy products
  • Dog and cat food
  • Meat and fish leftovers
  • Cigarette butts
  • Drink cartons

As you can see, just because something can degrade naturally, this doesn’t mean that it can be composted. It’s important to bear this in mind before you start your work.

Garden skips

If composting isn’t really your thing, or you don’t have space for it, don’t worry, you can always opt for a garden skip. One of the key benefits of choosing to dispose of your waste via skip hire is that you don’t have to do any of the disposal at all. All you need to do is call your local waste management company, arrange for a skip to be delivered, fill it up, and they will take it away and dispose of the waste for you. Simple. This is certainly the best method of waste disposal at the moment, given that some local tips are closed or overburdened due to lockdown. 

If you’re looking for a skip, you’ll be pleased to know that Camiers offer a wide range of skips for hire across Aylesbury. Here are some of the different sizes that we can provide:

  • 4-yard midi skips
  • 6-yard builders skips
  • 8 and 12-yard mixed waste skips
  • 12-yard enclosed skips

Given that it’s a garden clearance project you’re carrying out, we would recommend opting for a 4-yard midi skip or a 6-yard builders skip.

What garden waste should I avoid putting in my skip?

When it comes to what you can and can’t put in a skip, you’ll be pleased to know that most garden waste can indeed be put in a skip. However, one of the biggest no-nos will be chemicals and pesticides.

For a clearer look, here’s what garden waste you can put in a skip:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Concrete 
  • Soil
  • Green waste

And here’s what you can’t:

  • Chemicals and pesticides
  • Paints
  • Solvents
  • Pressurised containers

As you can see, when it comes to garden waste, the main thing you want to avoid putting in your skip is liquids, as they can’t be disposed of properly, and in some cases can be extremely hazardous.

If you’re looking for a skip for your new garden clearance project, Camiers can help. Camiers have over 45 years’ of experience in the industry, offering waste management solutions to customers throughout Aylesbury and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re looking to make full use of our domestic skip hire or you simply want to enquire about skip sizes, get in touch with a member of our team today. We also aim to recycle 100% of the waste we collect in order to be as eco-friendly as possible for your peace of mind.