Best place to dispose of clipping?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by laidback2309, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. laidback2309

    laidback2309 LawnSite Member
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    This one lady is crazy about bagging! I gave her the who talk about how mulching can keep nutrients in the lawn yada yada but she doesnt care. She agreed to pay a higher price to bag, but now i'm stuck with these clippings. I just want to know what you guys do with your clippings? Can you bring them to a city dump? do you pay someone to take them? can you sell them to a compost/mulch operation? What about trees that you've removed from the property? I need to figure something out or else im gonna wind up with a truck overflowing with lawn clippings and stumps.:dizzy: :help:
     
  2. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Me too! I got a bunch of junk in the back of my truck right now from a yard cleanup. The first load I paid to take it to a dump and they charged me 37. I billed the customer for it but it wasn't included on my estimate so I found some woods to get rid of the second load and the third is still in my truck. I'de also like to know how most guys get rid of their junk.
     
  3. jason9696

    jason9696 LawnSite Member
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    The local recycling center in my town takes leaves and small twigs. As for trees, they will be put out in the pasture, or chopped if it is good firewood.
     
  4. CoreyD

    CoreyD LawnSite Member
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    yea i take my stuff to the city dump.... its free here.... its just a b!tch having to use the pitchfork for about an hour or so unloading my dump trailer.... which isint high enough to just tilt it over the container lol.....

    as for ecoscapes you cant dump in the woods around here you got gamewardens all over the place here just hiding in the woods waiting for somthing like that lol
     
  5. Patatoe1

    Patatoe1 LawnSite Member
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    Up until this year, we bagged and binned most of our yard waste including grass clippings. We became friends with local garbage men and they took it off our hands. This year we bought a dump truck and found a place not to far that charges 10-15 a yard for waste.
     
  6. bigmudder77

    bigmudder77 LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have made a compost pile and have a farmer come and take it once a year to spread on his feild before he tills it up and plants.

    as for the trees FIREWOOD and the little branches go to a fire as well. if you are not alloud to have fires i am sure you can find some one that will let you burn stuff on there proprity. i have burned so many sticks and leaves and stuff that it gets old after a while but its free to me. so why pay when i can burn for free?

    also you can try to give it to animals (grass clippings at least) we use to feed our cows that when some one wanted it cleaned up. you can get the mowers with out paying tax (at least in ohio) if you say all the clipping are going to your livestock.

    hope this helps you out.
     
  7. toac

    toac LawnSite Senior Member
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    aboslutely. the branches and trees make great firewood. finished a cleanup last week. took everything out back and had myself a fire. took about an hour to burn the branches and everything, but now it's just ash. it was also an excuse to say up a little later and have a few beers:drinkup: :drinkup:
     
  8. turbo5560

    turbo5560 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Around here most people have a seperate garbage container for yard waste that gets picked up once a week apr-nov. So that makes it easy. But for commercial or customers that don't have the big bins i throw it in the back of the truck or the dump trailer. Get to know a farmer and ask to dump it in their fields, or we also feed to cows. But only feed to cows with little to no fertilzer, it give the cows the runs ;) (not like they don't have it already). The local dump charged $35 a ton, very steap in my opinion.
     
  9. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well I got screwed. I had to pay 7.5 cents per pound last weekend. 500 pounds cost me 35 bucks. And it was all yard waste. Every city should provide dumping for that stuff for free. It's BS that mine doesn't or at least I haven't found a township dump that does
     
  10. Mow It All llc

    Mow It All llc LawnSite Member
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    We can get rid of it free here in the county dump, but my favorite place to get rid of it is the lawn i cut it from.....I have 3 customers that want it bagged and to this day they have never realized I dont bag it.
     

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