Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Skip for your Garden Waste

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Local councils will usually offer a green waste collection service for a fee. You may need to contact them about this if you have an excessive amount of garden waste. Even if they offer a garden waste collection service for council-issued bins, they will often be too small and it takes too long. Councils will usually not allow soil in their bins, either. This is why you should hire a skip to dispose of large amounts of garden waste. Here is everything you need to know about hiring a skip for garden waste.

What counts as garden waste?

Anything that comes from clearing your garden counts as garden waste. However, not all of this will count as green waste. Green waste specifically consists of non-chemically treated materials such as:

  • Grass clippings 
  • Leaves and flowers 
  • Non-invasive weeds 
  • Soil and lawn turf 
  • Twigs, branches, and tree bark 
  • Home-grown vegetables or fruit 

Although they do not count as green waste, there are other types of waste that you can create when working in the garden. The following types of garden waste can also go into a standard skip for hire:

  • Garden furniture (wooden, plastic, metal etc) 
  • Bricks, rubble, and hardcore (from walls or patios)
  • Wood (from fence panels, decking, trellises, sheds etc)
  • Miscellaneous items like plant pots, garden toys, or hoses

Although you can put more items into a skip than you would be able to put in your wheelie bin, there are still some things that you cannot put in a skip with your garden waste. These include:

  • Chemically treated soil
  • Liquids of any kind 
  • Paints, solvents, or pressurised containers 

Why is skip hire better for disposing of garden waste?

Trying to use a council collection means limiting your loads and waiting for the collection rounds, which only happen every few weeks. It can take a long time to dispose of garden waste that way. You don’t want it cluttering your garden and attracting insects. Nor do you want to risk damaging and dirtying a vehicle by trying to transport the garden waste to a waste facility yourself. It will also cost you time and fuel to do that, as well as adding to your carbon footprint. Most councils will not allow garden fires, so you cannot burn the waste. Things like grass and foliage will not burn anyway. The best solution is to take the plunge and hire a skip. The hire company will drop it off for you and then come and collect it at the end of the hire period, removing the waste and processing it for you.

Which skip size will I need for garden waste and how much will it cost?

The price of skip hire will depend on various factors, primarily the size of the skip. The size that you need depends on how much waste you will need to dispose of. You should be able to estimate this amount based on your project. You should also estimate how long it will take you to complete the project and fill up the skip. This will determine the length of skip hire, which will also affect the price. You can find a comprehensive guide to skip sizes on our website to inform your choice or get advice from the hire company when you call them to get a quote. If you have already finished the project and your garden waste is ready to go, you could inquire about a cheaper “wait and load” service.

What happens to the garden waste from my skip?

You might wonder what happens to the garden waste once the skip hire company collects it. Does it really need to be taken to a facility? Some people might think that fly-tipping garden waste is more acceptable because it is natural materials that will break down without polluting the environment. However, the decomposing matter will still release methane gas, contributing to global warming. You might as well send the garden waste to the landfill. When a skip hire company takes your garden waste to a processing facility, they will sort through it and recycle as much as possible. It can end up being used to make compost, fertilizer, biofuel (renewable energy), aggregate, woodchip, or new products.