Where do u dump your leaves and how much do you pay?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by cuttin-to-the-Max, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,338

    Where do u dump your leaves and how much do you pay?
    Do any of you guys actually keep them and sell it?
    I would like to do that if it really brings in some good money
    I would have to buy some land though....

    Im in michigan i dump my leaves at a the dump a little outta the way for like $30 a trailer load......

    Looking for a new place alot closer perferbbably.
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    There is a place right out of town here that I dump leaves at, its free, they only take leaves and chipped wood though.
  3. travski

    travski LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    I go to the dump. $5 per visit. adds up, but hey its a write off.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Same place I get my mulch from, I like taking my brush and leaves there because they truly re-cycle it.
    The price varies between $10 and $30 a load depending mostly on the weather.
  5. momstmg

    momstmg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    In my burn pile, its free.
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  6. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    cant believe they charge you to dump leaves
  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    Many years ago, after being in business for a couple of years, I made a pile on my property. In previous years, I had taken about 35 trailer loads (5X10X4) to the local dump. Many people kept saying, "That is good stuff, compost it and sell it."

    I made the pile, turned it a couple of times, and then placed an ad. In the end, I had about 25 cu yds to sell. NOBODY would buy. I placed another ad, "Come and take it, I'll help you load, or can haul." One person responded. He took 10-12 wheelbarrow loads. I ended up forking it on the trailer and taking it all to the dump.

    So, while the idea sounds so good, nobody really wanted to bother. If somebody is urging you to compost and sell, get a commitment from them to buy. Obviously, I never did that drill again.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Ah no, it takes at least 5 but closer to 10 or 20 years of piling and turning and
    composting such a pile in order to get really nice humus going, the idea here
    isn't compost, it's topsoil.

    Rich, dark dirt...
    So dark and rich it not only looks black but it might as well be.
    That's what leaves should, and will turn into.

    But it takes a LOT of leaves to make a little bit of dirt,
    a long time, and more than a couple of turns of the ladle.
    Read: YEARS.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,296

    City brush dump. I pay nothing on the back end but get taxed by the city, so yes, I pay for it in the end.
  10. riverwalklandscaping

    riverwalklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 759

    Do you mean how much do you get paid? lol jk, but I turn mine into compost and get 40$ a yard for it. :)

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