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Leaf Dumping - Anyone have any ideas where this can be done for free?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by RegalLawnCare.Com, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. RegalLawnCare.Com

    RegalLawnCare.Com LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    I have a LawnCo in Northern Virginia (Western Fairfax County / Eastern Loudon County). With leaf removal season, I'm trying to find out how I can save money on dumping fees? The local dump takes them, but charges about $50 a ton, which adds up.

    Any ideas?

    Anybody working in the area I would really appreciate help.

    Thanks in advance!

    Regal Lawn Care
  2. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 898

    tlak w/ some local farmers in your area and ask if they would like some free compost. we have one here that takes from about 6 of us
  3. granddad

    granddad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    I know this won’t help you, but in the ‘old days’; probably well before your time we used to burn them.
    Nothing like the faint smell of burning leaves on a cool fall night. :)
  4. David C.

    David C. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 246

    I mulch about 99% of my fall clean ups on sight on my Z

    I live on a family farm------and have a burn pile for heavy debris I collect from clients

    Do you have a garden spot at your house?? Dump leaves into the garden and work them into the soil with tractor and disk/harrow
  5. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,434

    work the price into your estimates. let the customer's pay for it. goodluck.
  6. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,599

    Either work the price into your estimates or see if the city has somewhere you can dump for free. We do here and I also have a pile behind my house back in the trees that i'm trying to get going good.
  7. lawnproslawncare

    lawnproslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 437

    The farmer idea is a excellent idea. Clippings/leaves add excellent organic matter to their soil.
    I have parents who own a 190 cow dairy, dad says bring whatever you can and pile it.

    The other option is to start compost piles!

    What ever you decide, charge accordingly for your drive/unload time. Just because your not paying to dispose does not mean your spending some drive time to dispose.
  8. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,599

    Just be careful that if you have a pile in your back yard make sure it don't go up on you if ya know what I mean

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,526

    check with your local garden centers also around here they take all kinds of stuff, leaves and clipping are free brush is 10 a load
  10. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    Watch out for the enviromental wackos. The laws around here say you can not dump debris on farm (or other) ground if the debris did not come from that property. In other words I can dump my stuff on my land but I can't legaly let you dump. You have to go to the landfill and pay to dump. Anything for the politcal dollar.

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