Debris removal

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by wegomow, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    How do you pass on the fee for lawn and yard debris removal?
    Most of my jobs I can leave it on the property, in the back. Some I have to bag the leaves, pinecones, pine needles, small sticks, shrub trimmings, ect. and carry them offsite to a landfill. The landfill is on average a 40 minute round trip and a $15.00 a ton flat rate plus my physical labor of emptying the trailer.
    I now charge $45 to haul away a trailer full but no charge for just a couple of lawn bags full for my year long contracts. I accumulate the bags and take them al at once.
  2. aka lawn

    aka lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    I would say like five a bag. Or something like that
  3. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    We pay $25 per ton in Carteret county. I don't nickle and dime them that way. If it is a bag or a couple of handfulls, the expense is considered overhead. It just like fuel or any other expense that is too complicated to bill them additionally. However, if it is a good size amount of debris where there is some time in the collection and disposal then I would charge them for the time and expenses involved with the clean up.
  4. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Messages: 424

    I get charged $12 for a yard of grass. A yard is three green pails. Three jumbo catcher make a pail. ( I can fit more but that would be me wetting my beak) if charged profit over the dump I wouldn't have any customers.
    The best I can do is. $4 a pail. And I under estimate my load at the yard.
  5. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Messages: 424

  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    I dump for free in my town, so my haul away price is included in the labor costs associated with the job
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Composting,,, is something every LCO should be able to do... at least make a pile that will break down over time and become valuable OM for various jobs... find a place where you can keep piles of leaves,, and debris of that nature... I never treat OM as 'garbage'...
    Just something to consider... :)
  8. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    Just be sure to check local and state regs about large piles, especially grass. I know here a couple LCOs had to remove piles or be fined. They didn't have proper permits or run off mediation.
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Its easy to get permits for 'compost piles' I would imagine, moreso than brush piles... Just turn them before and after rainstorms and it can be called a compost pile without lieing about it... runoff mediation is always important so I suppose having gov't requiring permits is necessary...
    I agree that you don't want piles of grass clippings around in that they stink like a manure pile if there's nothing else mixed with it...
    I have gotten my full maintenance clients to reduce the clipping removal, and the clippings we do pick up now go into the gardens... they make an excellent mat if not to thick...

    To answer the OP's question about charging for waste removal and dumping, I've actually increased all windshield time since the gas prices went up... if I had to pay for dumping I'd just let the client know that, that is how much he's paying at the dumpsite and charge dollar for dollar... :)

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