Yard clean up often generates more waste than your average trash can will hold. Roll off dumpsters are the perfect solution. They’re not so environmentally friendly, though. Plus, what if you don’t have room in one roll off for all your trash? Renting multiple roll offs can make your clean up costs soar. Why not try reducing the amount of waste instead?
Break it up
If you must throw it away, smaller pieces take up less dumpster space and biodegrade faster If you have large items that have seen better days cluttering up your yard, don’t just toss them in the dumpster as is. Use a saw, an ax or both to break them up first. A saws-all with a metal blade will allow you to cut right through nails, etc. That cuts down on time, too. Remember, time is money.
This solution might not work for everyone due to ordinances. Still, if your municipality allows burning in fire-pits or fireplaces, it might be something to think about. Burning small branches, leaves and other yard clippings saves a ton of space in your roll off dumpster. That’s space that can be used for other waste. Use the ash in your garden as a natural fertilizer.
Alternative: Use a wood chipper. Make mulch!
Tearing down an old aluminum shed? Got miscellaneous scrap metal cluttering up your yard? Don’t just toss it. Recycle it instead. You’ll save space in your roll off, make a few dollars and help mother nature as well. Even if your scrap metal doesn’t amount to much, it’ll save you money by freeing up that dumpster space.
Compost or hugelkultur it
Why throw away valuable fertilizer? If you have yard waste that won’t burn, don’t fill up the roll off with it. Use it to make compost or add to your hugelkultur pile instead. This not only saves you money on additional roll offs, it saves you money on fertilizer too. Plus, mother nature will be smiling down on you. What could be better than that?
Funky, whimsical, re-purposed garden items are all the rage. Take another look at what you’re tossing. Can you see another use for them?
*That old fence wood could top a unique picnic table. In fact, any item made from wood can be redesigned.
*Cement chunks from a broken up patio might be reused as a garden wall or border.
*Building another shed to replace the tear down? Why not re-paint and reuse the siding?
Roll off dumpsters aren’t a bad deal for things you have no choice but to throw away. Just don’t fill them up with items you can dispose of or reuse in another way.