There are several efficient ways to tackle a yard waste removal project, and we’ll touch on each of the most efficient ways to get rid of green waste, yard debris, trees, tree limbs, and other yard waste in this guide.
Keep in mind, disposal options vary by location. For example, some rural areas may allow burning of yard debris, such as tree limbs and leaves, while other locations ban this type of activity. Check with your local or county website if you’re unsure of the rules in your area.
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Yard Debris Removal Options
Green Waste Composting
Agricultural waste—known commonly as "green waste"—can be disposed of using any of the other methods below, but there are also more eco-friendly ways to handle it.
Green waste includes leaves, grass, hedge clippings, brush, plants, and flowers. Fruit and vegetable food scraps can also be included in this category. All of these items are compostable, and you can use this to your advantage.
Composting reduces disposal costs, and it produces a valuable resource: compost. Compost is great for use in gardens, planting, flowerpots, flowerbeds, or anywhere else you would like to add nutrient-rich matter. Composting is the most eco-friendly option if you have the space and time to allow the composting process to do its thing.
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Yard Waste Bags
Yard waste bags are ideal for leaves, grass, brush, and small twigs. Coming in both disposable and reusable options, these bags can be purchased at Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot, and other home improvement stores.
Check with your waste service provider to see if they provide leaf bags, yard waste roll carts, or offer a leaf/yard debris collection event on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis. Some do provide at least one of these services.
Yard bags work great for small cleanups, but larger amounts of debris and/or tree limbs and logs require a different means of disposal.
Yard Waste Dumpster Rental
A 10 or 20 yard dumpster is large enough to accommodate most residential or light commercial yard waste disposal projects. This would include disposing of downed trees, garden wastes, or large amounts of brush and leaves.
The cost of renting a dumpster varies by location, availability, and local landfill fees. Check with a local dumpster rental company to get free quotes. To get an idea of dumpster rental prices around the country, see our state-by-state pricing guide.
How much does a fallen tree weigh?
This is highly variable, but for general reference, the weight of a 50 ft. pine tree is in the neighborhood of 2,000 lbs (1 ton). A dumpster would accommodate this weight; however, the question becomes whether or not the logs will fit inside the container. Every scenario is unique, but an experienced dumpster rental company will be able to help you decide the best solution for the job.
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Professional Storm Damage and Large Cleanup Services
Cleaning up after a major hurricane or storm can be daunting. Big cleanups require big disposal solutions. For this reason, roll-off dumpsters and/or junk removal companies can be a great asset. Read more about junk removal services below.
Fallen trees must be processed before disposal. This job is best left to the professionals. A tree removal company can handle that job. Some junk removal companies also have the right equipment and expertise to process a tree and use loading equipment to lift heavy logs into trailers or dumpsters.
Expect to pay $1,000 or more to clean up major storm damage. Insurance may cover all or some of that amount depending upon your coverage. Document the extent of the damage with photos, and then call your insurance company to file a claim.
Yard Debris Pickup by Your Weekly Waste Hauler
This is a good option if it’s offered in your area. Some waste haulers do not accept bulk yard waste pick-ups. Call your trash provider to see if yard waste pick-up service is available. This may not be the most cost-efficient option, but it may be one of the easiest disposal solutions for some.
In most areas, yard waste is typically not allowed to be mixed into the general waste stream. Waste haulers prohibit dumping yard waste in the curbside roll cart or mixing it in with the household trash. Use designated yard bags, or hire the waste hauler to come pick up the debris.
Yard Waste Pickup by a Junk Removal Company
This may be one of the quickest ways to get rid of yard debris. The vast majority of junk removal companies offer yard waste pick-up, and the process is simple:
- Call the junk removal company and request an estimate. For larger jobs, they may need to show up in person to give you an accurate estimate.
- Once you agree to a price, hire the junk removal company. They usually get right to work.
- They load up and haul away the yard waste, you pay them, and they dispose of the debris in the appropriate manner.
Cost of Yard Waste Removal
Hiring a junk removal company to complete the work is one of the quickest solutions available, but how does the cost compare to other options, such as renting a dumpster? Well, it depends on the size of the cleanup. For very large jobs, like clearing out tree debris and downed trees following a major storm, a dumpster is the more cost-efficient option.
For smaller cleanups consisting of up to about 6 - 8 yards of debris, hiring a junk removal company to clean it up may be the more economical choice.
The cost of hiring a junk removal company to haul away yard waste can range from $150 to pick up two cubic yards of brush up, to $700 to haul away several yards of dirt, rocks, and trees/branches. The cost can be higher if the disposal requirements exceed that of a single truckload.
Cost is highly dependent upon the weight of the load, the volume of debris, and the complexity of the job.
Find a dumpster rental provider for yard waste disposal needs, or hire a junk removal company to handle the cleanup for you.
At HometownDumpsterRental.com, we recommend checking with at least two different junk removal (or dumpster rental) companies before booking the job. This allows you to get fair market value for your particular cleanup by comparing quotes from multiple waste haulers.