How to Charge for Yard Waste? NEED HELP.


LawnSite Member
Story City, Iowa
This year I won the bid for a retirement community (trailer park). The bid is only for the common areas and it is all pretty nice. Now after mowing twice so far the Owner asked me if I could also take care of yard waste. It seems pretty straightforward. The residents clean up their own yard and place clippings/leaves in a brown paper compost sack (the type Menards sells) and place it all in a designated area for pick up. I don't know how to charge for this. I was thinking around $3 per bag or something, I just need to load it and haul to the brush site and drop it off. It's not more than a few miles out of the way for me to stop by the brush site. How do you guys bill for this type of service?


LawnSite Platinum Member
you should determin what it will directly cost you to perform this service. fuel labor travel time ect. Having a general idea of the maxium debri load you could possibly have is helpful. You simply charge what it costs you to perform this service plus your profit.

charging 3 dollars for stopping, then getting out of the truck and picking up just 1 bag and taking it a few miles to the dump, I doubt is covering your direct cost. I realize you think this is a insignificant task and will be done on the run, But this simple and insignificant task could take 20 minutes to sometimes a 1/2 hr is 3 dollars half your hourly labor rate plus disposal.