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Garden Waste 101: Soil and Rubble Disposal

As the seasons change and we find ourselves donning gardening gloves, the question of what to do with the inevitable pile of garden waste looms large. Whether you’re undertaking a major landscape overhaul or simply giving your garden its spring tidy-up, the accumulation of soil, rubble, and other green waste can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, skip hire offers a convenient and environmentally friendly solution for storing and disposing of garden waste. If you’re wondering whether skip hire is the right choice for clearing your garden in Norfolk or Suffolk, read on for advice from the Kent Skips team.

What happens if you put garden waste in the normal bin?

Using the normal bin for garden waste might seem like the simplest solution, but it’s not without its problems. For starters, it can quickly fill up your bin, leaving no room for regular household waste. Moreover, garden waste in landfill sites doesn’t decompose as efficiently as it would in a proper composting environment, leading to the production of methane — a potent greenhouse gas.

This not only harms the environment but also squanders the potential to recycle garden waste into valuable compost.

So, what’s the best way to get rid of your garden waste and rubbish?


Can I put garden waste in my skip?

Skip hire is an excellent option for garden waste disposal, including soil and rubble. Hiring a skip provides a designated space for your garden waste and ensures that the waste is disposed of responsibly.

However, it’s important to note that while garden waste is typically welcome, you should check with your skip hire provider about any restrictions or guidelines, especially concerning heavy materials like soil and rubble.

When you arrange a skip hire with us, we’ll happily take garden waste from your Suffolk or Norfolk home. However, if you’re emptying soil into your skip, it must not be contaminated in any way or have a history of any contamination onsite. For example, we can’t take soil if there’s been a heating oil spill or if knotweed or asbestos are present.


What size skip do I need for a garden clearance?

Choosing the right size skip is essential to ensure that you have enough space for all your garden waste without paying for unnecessary extra capacity. Overloading your skip can be dangerous, so it’s a wise idea to predict how much garden waste you’ll generate before confirming your skip hire.

For small to medium-sized garden clearances, a mini skip (2-4 cubic yards) could be ideal.
These are a good size for carrying soil, plants, and small amounts of rubble. If you need a visual guideline, these generally hold 28 to 56 wheelbarrow loads.

For larger projects, especially those that might create significant amounts of soil and rubble, you’ll probably need a 6-yard skip. This size skip can hold around 85 wheelbarrow loads. Are you expecting to dig up a lot of heavy materials, like concrete? If so, an 8-yard builder’s skip could be your best bet.

It can be tricky to predict your garden waste amount before starting your project so, if in doubt, it’s always better to opt for a slightly larger size to avoid the need for a second skip.

Looking for skip hire in Norfolk and Suffolk? From Diss to Thetford, the team at Kent Skips can guide you on the best size skip for your garden clearance.


What happens to garden waste in a skip?

One of the great benefits of using a skip for garden waste disposal is the peace of mind that comes with knowing your waste won’t just end up in a landfill.

At Kent Skips, we’re committed to responsible waste management — meaning your garden waste will be sorted and as much as possible will be recycled. In fact, we operate a fully licensed waste transfer station where we can handle everything from plasterboard and wood to rubble.

Wondering how we divert garden waste from landfill? We can screen soil and send it for reuse, while green waste can go on to create compost or become biomass fuel. This not only helps to reduce your environmental footprint but also contributes to the circular economy. Why not discover more about the Kent Skips recycling process?


Clear your garden with Kent Skips

Whether you’re revamping your garden or just clearing out seasonal debris, skip hire offers a practical and eco-friendly solution for disposing of soil, rubble, and other garden waste. As one of the top skip hire companies in Norfolk and Suffolk, we can help you spruce up your outside space. Take a look at our skip hire options, and gain peace of mind knowing waste will be handled responsibly.

Book a skip or contact our friendly team if you have any questions.