Ah, the autumn breeze is blowing, pumpkins are lining porches, and leaves are covering your yard; there is only one thing this can all mean, fall is here. As fall sets in, your yard is likely covered with debris and you will want to clean it up before the winter chill arrives. We are going to review how to get rid of your yard waste this fall.
What is considered yard waste?
Before we can dig into how to get rid of your yard waste this fall, we should first review what yard waste is.
Yard waste is vegetative waste resulting from the care and maintenance of landscaped areas, lawns, and gardens. Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, garden wastes, tree trunks, holiday trees, and pruning from trees or shrubs. As you trim your garden, rake your lawn, and cut back bushes and trees to prepare for the colder months, you produce a lot of yard waste.
Yard waste contains much moisture, which hinders burning. It is biodegradable; however, a landfill does not get the oxygen and water needed for the waste to breakdown because landfills are constructed to protect the environment by preventing the movement of air and moisture.
Some localities require residents to separate yard waste from other trash. All areas are different, so be sure to contact your local community to better understand their guidelines.
How can you get rid of your yard waste this fall?
Getting rid of your yard waste this fall does require you to treat it differently than other waste, but there are still many options for you to safely dispose of your lawn debris.
- Rent a Dumpster: Renting a dumpster is one of the easiest ways to dispose of yard waste. A dumpster rental provides you with a one-stop location to dispose of all your fall cleanup yard materials and can be conveniently located for you and your project. With a dumpster rental, you can fill the container as you work and then have the all the yard waste removed after the job is done. Dumpster rental companies are familiar with yard waste and how to handle the proper disposal of such debris, which saves you from having to worry about it.
- Haul it Yourself: Most local areas have designated locations for you to drop off and discard of your yard waste. If hauling your yard waste, you will need to transport the load, but this is usually an inexpensive solution. If you choose to haul it yourself, be sure you understand the guidelines before you get to the drop off location, so you are not turned away.
- Schedule or Use Regular Pick-up Service: In some areas, your local waste management may regularly pick-up yard waste (understand the guidelines). If this is the case, you likely need to have the waste separated from other trash and in specific containers. If you don’t have a regular service to pick up yard waste, you can schedule a one-time pick-up or a junk removal service. While junk removal services will do the heavy lifting for you, they are usually quite pricey and cost the most of all the yard waste removal options.
- Burn your Waste: Lastly, you can get rid of your yard waste this fall by burning it. Burning yard waste is most common in areas without easy access to composting centers or waste management services. Keep in mind, the practice increases pollution and risk of wildfire. The legality of burning yard waste also varies based on your location, so if you go with this option, be sure to check your local laws ahead of time.
As you start to tackle the prewinter preparations for the outside of your home, and you accumulate yard waste, there are options for you to safely get rid of such debris. As mentioned above, renting a dumpster for yard waste removal allows you minimal effort and an all-in-one solution.