A garden in the UK during the summer time.

Why a skip is the best solution for garden waste

Summer is officially here and that means we can expect to see more and more of our skip hire customers filling their skips with garden waste.

After a rather soggy spring, many households will have some catching up to do when it comes to getting outside spaces into order – so why is a skip the best solution for garden waste?

For a start, council collections of garden waste are often not enough to cope with even medium-sized landscape gardening projects.

Leeds City Council don’t collect garden waste at all from December to February, and the rest of the year it’s once a fortnight if you’re lucky enough to have a brown bin.

Limits on household garden waste collections

The list of limits on household garden waste collections in Leeds seems to go on and on, assuming you even live in an area covered by brown bin collections at all.

You can’t get an extra brown bin if one is not enough, you can’t bin twigs more than 3cm thick, and if the bin men decide your garden waste doesn’t obey the rules, you’ll have to remove any contaminants and wait another fortnight until the next scheduled collection day.

If you’re planning anything more in-depth than some basic pruning of plants, you’re likely to generate types of garden waste that are not allowed by the council, such as:

  • Compost
  • Soil
  • Rubble
  • Weeds (e.g. Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed)

You can, however, dispose of almost any kind of garden waste using a skip, including quantities of rubble and soil, plus other mixed materials that come from your house, shed, garage or greenhouse as part of the work.

Generally speaking, the only things you can’t put in a skip are hazardous materials, such as batteries, solvents and other fluids, explosives, toxic substances, asbestos and so on.

It’s unlikely that you’ll come across any of these banned substances during everyday gardening work – even landscaping – but if you’re not sure, you can always check our What Not To Put In page for the full detailed list.

Can I burn garden waste?

In principle yes, you can burn garden waste, but there may be restrictions on doing so.

For a start, if you hire a professional landscape gardener to do the work for you, there may be extra restrictions on burning garden waste that is deemed to be generated through commercial activity.

A one-off garden bonfire is not considered a nuisance, but you might want to tell your neighbours before lighting it, especially if they have washing out.

Regular bonfires can be considered a nuisance and you might find yourself reported to the council – so this is not a long-term solution if your garden produces combustible waste regularly.

An alternative is to compost garden waste, but compost heaps and compost bins need careful management to keep them healthy, so again it might not be appropriate to dispose of all your waste in this way.

With a garden waste skip, you can dispose of the equivalent of tens of black bags’ worth of mixed materials all at once, without having to maintain a compost heap, and without the smoke and other environmental impacts of burning it.

Check out our contact page to find more about how a skip can help you and your garden.