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Tips for dealing with your garden waste

16 July 2021

When planning on making home and garden improvements, it’s essential to know what you will do with the waste you accumulate. Whether it’s a home extension or a garden renovation, the waste and where it needs to be disposed of will differ for each material, your location and the type of project. Fletchers Waste Management, who provide waste management and skip hire Sheffield, have put together some tips you can follow to make the disposal a little easier.

Tips for dealing with garden waste

Grass clippings

When you are doing work in your garden, you can put grass clippings into your green waste bin in most areas. Your local council provides these; however, there are usually limits on how many clippings you can put into it. You can check on your local council collection website for more information on what they will accept. Please note, grass cuttings cannot go into standard general waste bins; make sure you check cuttings are being put into the correct bin, or you could potentially receive a fine.

If you do not have access to a green waste container, or you’d prefer to reuse the cuttings more naturally, why not spread them across your lawn? Once you have cut the grass, lay the cuttings to help with moisture and additional nutrients to the soil.

Grass cutting is also a great addition to your compost heap if you have one. It’s recommended that you aim for 50% soft green materials. Green materials include grass clippings, vegetable waste, and manure. The other 50% should be brown materials such as wood chippings, paper, and dead leaves.

If the amount of cuttings you have are too much to dispose of yourself, most tips will accept grass clippings, please check with your local one before arriving in case they have special requirements. This will avoid a wasted journey for you!

Wood and Timber

If you have a recycling bin from your council, most will not allow you to put wood and timber into it. However, many local recycling centers or landfills offer these services instead. So, it’s best to check with them if there is one nearby landfill. As well as this, local waste management companies often offer timber disposal services as they can then shred the material and recycle it.

Items you can put into your council bins

  • Flowers, plants and leaves
  • Pruned branches and twigs
  • Weeds and grass cuttings
  • Grass clippings

Items that you cannot put into your council bins

  • Planks of wood/large branches
  • Cat litter and all pet waste
  • Food
  • Soil/compost

We always advise double-checking on your local council website to see the waste they are happy to collect. Not every council accepts the same waste and offer varied collection services depending on your location.

Fence paint

If you have chosen to re-paint your garden fence, you might be left with unwanted paint that you don’t want taking up space in the garage. If it isn’t enough to keep or give away, please do not pour the paint down the sink or drain! Paint is hazardous and, like other liquid waste, cannot be put into landfill either.

An option you have is taking the paint to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. However, before you can do this, a paint hardener must be added or sawdust if this is more easily accessible. Once either of these two items is added, leave the lid off the paint and wait for it to solidify. You can check it has fully hardened by piercing the centre. It can then be taken to the recycling centre for them to dispose of it for you properly.

Refurbish old tools

If you are having a clearout of your garden tools such as wheelbarrows and old plant pots, it might be worth giving them a new lease of life rather than throwing them away. Wheelbarrows can be turned into the perfect garden feature by turning it into a flower bed. Your new planter will need to have holes drilled into the bottom of it to allow drainage, then fill it with soil, plant your flower seed and choose your preferred spot in the garden. To avoid the possibility of weeds in your wheelbarrow, add shredded bark to surround the plants.

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