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Managing Yard Waste: 7 Best Practices for Disposal

Posted By On June 15 2023
Managing yard waste: 7 best practices for disposal

Whether you’re simply completing routine maintenance on your backyard or looking to tackle a significant landscaping project this summer, you can expect some waste. As your yard waste builds up, you may feel overwhelmed without knowing how and where to dispose of it properly.

Having a plan from the beginning will ensure your project runs smoothly from start to finish. If you’re looking for ways to repurpose your yard waste or want to learn how a Toronto Bin Rental can make disposal easy and efficient, the following guide will help.

What is yard waste?

Generally speaking, yard waste refers to any additional vegetative or organic material produced from regular yard and garden work. Yard waste can also include materials occurring from the natural breakdown of plants or trees in your yard.

Examples of yard waste involve, but are not limited to:

  • Grass clippings
  • Fallen leaves
  • Tree trimmings or fallen branches
  • Weeds
  • Stems and other remnants from gardens

Can you throw yard waste in the trash?

Like food scraps, yard waste is organic waste that should not go in a landfill or incinerator. Yard waste that does end up in a landfill will not decompose properly, releasing harmful methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases.

What should you do with yard waste?

1. Create your own mulch

You can hire a tree removal service or purchase a wood chipper to chip your yard waste into mulch. Depending on the material amount and type, chipping it yourself should be easy. However, if you have a significantly large amount of organic material, it may be better to hire a professional to assist you.

If you don’t already own a wood chipper and want to avoid any additional costs, consider asking your neighbours or nearby family if they have one you can borrow.

Mulch is an excellent tool for promoting soil health. It helps with curb appeal by improving the appearance of your garden beds but also covers up bare soil. Bare soil is known for being less nutrient-rich with limited biodiversity, and is more prone to erosion than covered soil.

Store-bought mulch can be expensive, so repurposing fallen branches and brush from your yard will help your garden but also benefit your wallet.

2. Don’t clean up grass clippings

Not cleaning up grass clippings might seem counterintuitive, but it will save you a lot of time and energy long-term. Leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing provides extra soil protection on the surface while eventually reintroducing valuable nutrients once the materials decompose.

If you are concerned about the appearance of significant or clumped-up grass clippings, consider going over those areas a second time with the mower to break them down more and create an even spread throughout the yard.

3. Create raised beds and planting mounds

When building or filling raised garden beds, planting mounds, branches, brush, leaves and other yard waste materials are a good solution for adding bulk. Fill the base layer with your yard waste, then cover it in soil and compost. These garden styles are ideal for growing pumpkins, squash and melon.

Since branches and brush are organic, they will eventually break down and release nutrients into the soil. This decomposition is excellent for promoting plant growth. By utilizing the pre-existing natural materials to fill your plant beds, you’ll also save money on the amount of soil and compost needed.

4. Take up composting

It is true some organic materials, such as branches and thick stems, take more time to break down than other smaller organic items. However, this shouldn’t deter you from including them in your regular compost pile. If you’re a regular backyard composter, note these larger materials won’t sufficiently break down in a hot compost pile meant for usage in a few weeks or months.

Instead, bulkier yard waste items should be in a low-maintenance compost pile intended to remain for a year or more. If you have the space, a long-term compost heap can be built using repurposed wood pallets or other upcycled materials.

5. Have local trash collection remove your yard waste

If you don’t have a green thumb, storing and repurposing yard waste may not be the best disposal solution. In this case, consider having your yard waste collected by your local trash collection.

Many cities have weekly services dedicated to collecting yard debris or waste in smaller amounts. Just ensure you store the materials in the correct bags and then set them on the curb on the appropriate collection day.

To ensure yard waste is collected, contact your local services beforehand to confirm the types of waste they deal with, the pick-up schedule, and any other information necessary.

Taking advantage of weekly pick-ups to dispose of your yard waste offers an inexpensive solution. However, you are limited by how much can be collected. It is also possible these services aren’t available in your area, and you’ll need to find another alternative.

6. Look into junk removal services

Many junk removal services aren’t limited to household items only. You can hire them to help remove any yard waste from your home, but note fees are based on how much space is consumed in their truck. It’s crucial to be on-site when they arrive to ensure all your yard waste is ready for pick up and makes its way onto the vehicle. As a bonus, these teams will typically load the materials for you as part of their services.

Junk removal is a less economical disposal solution as you must pay for the services. Factors such as the type of yard waste material, the number of items and the overall size can impact the incurred fee. Remember to consider your budget before choosing the disposal solution that works best for you.

Depending on the size and scope of your project, a Toronto Bin Rental may be the more economical solution. Although the upfront cost could run a little higher than some junk removal services, you get to choose the exact square footage of your bin, ensuring your yard waste is disposed of all at once with ease.

7. Take advantage of Toronto Bin Rental

Toronto Bin Rental provides a convenient option for eliminating yard waste. Our services have a wide range of options and bin types to suit jobs of any size. With flexible drop-off and pick-up times, we ensure your bin is there when needed and gone when you don’t.

Having a disposal bin on-site allows you to eliminate yard waste items while working. Afterwards, when you have finished your project, our team can remove the bin.

With our Toronto Bin Rental services, you can select the size and shape that is right for your project. You don’t even need to be on-site for this step. Once you have determined the size of the disposal bin you require, fill out the online order form, and we will begin getting it ready.

Where to Start

Be sure to check local regulations for your Toronto Bin Rental. Before disposing of any yard waste, it is crucial to know whether you can remove discarded materials. If you are unsure of an item or need additional information before choosing your bin, contact our team at Scarborough Disposal LTD at 1-416-265-7979 or fill out our online form.

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