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Biodegradable refuse bags...Help

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by marko, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Most villages around here require lawn refuse to be placed in 35 gallon kraft biodegradable bags for pick up. Most will take leaves for free from Mid October - November.
    My question is, does anyone know where I can buy something like a support with a funnel attachment on it that will allow me to set the bag up, and dump my catchers quickly??? I have seen the support rings, and the cardboard inserts, but looking for something faster.
    Instead of dealing with leaves/grass after I am done at the end of the day, I would like to use bags (bill the customer), and leave them for pick-up at the site.
    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. jimmbo407

    jimmbo407 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    I live in North Aurora, and I have been looking for the same thing. I started to use a tarp and a garbage can and dump into my truck and trailer and haul to West Chicago, that is the nearest place to dump. It costs between 30 and 40 dollars. I do this about once a week during leaf clean-up. I found it takes to long to dump into those bags. Customers still like them gone, and I just charge a couple dollars more from last year. I can get more clean-ups done doing it this way. I am looking for someplace closer to properly dispose of the leafs at that price. I have not found it yet. So I guess is what i am saying it is quicker making it more economical to haul them away even though the village will take them for free. The only exception I have is in Geneva they have a leaf sucker that comes by so you just dump the leaves by the curb. I hope this helps you out cause I struggled last year doing the same thing.:drinkup:
  3. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    It does. I just have a regular pick up bed, so after about 3 lawns with mature trees, Im full. All I really need is a huge funnel that can be placed on mouth of a bag so the is no spillage.
    Western Springs is nice too because you can just place the leaves on the curb.
  4. jimmbo407

    jimmbo407 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    Kicking those leaves to the curb is the best. And I have been charging the same too. Maybe you could invent something and make a million dollars out of the idea. I have not seen anything like what you want out there of course that doesn't mean there isn't.
  5. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Cut a plastic garbage can in half 3/4 from the opening. Perfect for holding bags open.
  6. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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