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Garden Waste Skip vs Going to the Tip

With lockdown seemingly coming to a close, you’ve probably had a lot of time to reflect on how much your garden needs a good clearout. Still not got round to it? Not a problem – now’s as good a time as ever to get started. 

There’s just one problem, though: how are you going to get rid of the waste? Well, that’s what this article’s for – we’re going to help you decide between a garden waste skip and going to the tip. But first, let’s take a look at a couple of frequently asked questions about garden waste skips.

Can I put garden waste in a skip?

The answer is, for the most part, yes, you can dispose of garden waste in a skip. Let’s take a look at some of the materials you can put in a garden skip:

  • Wood, metal and concrete: All of these materials can be put in a skip, so if it’s a hard landscaping job you’re undertaking, like removing an old patio or decking area, then a garden skip is your best friend. Concrete will be crushed for reuse, metal will be separated and smelted, and wood will be chipped – giving you total peace of mind.
  • Soil and other types of green waste: When you think of garden waste, these are probably the sort of materials that spring to mind, and of course, they can be put in a skip, no problem. Soil can be recycled as topsoil or engineering material and grass can be used as biomass.

What size skip is needed for garden waste?

Given that garden waste clearance jobs tend to be fairly large undertakings, we would recommend an 8-yard skip, or if you think the job won’t be too hefty, you might be able to settle on a 6-yard skip. A 4-yard skip simply might not be worth it.

Why opt for a garden waste skip over a trip to the tip?

  • Convenience: One of the main reasons why you might want to go the garden skip route instead of taking a trip to your local skip is simply convenience. That is, you can book a skip, fill it and have it picked up all from the comfort of your own property. Going to the tip means you have to have the means of actually transporting these materials elsewhere, and not all households do.
  • Leave it to the professionals: By taking your materials to the tip yourself, you will need to know exactly what to do with them at each station, and this isn’t always clear. However, if you hire a skip and put your materials in there, you can be secure in the knowledge that they’re all going to be separated and recycled in the correct manner.
  • Safety: It’s certainly worth keeping in mind that we’re still in a pandemic, so if you can avoid a trip to a busy tip, this would be the safest option. When you hire a skip, you can rest assured that your local skip hire company will act responsibly by adhering to social distancing measures and using sanitiser, giving you that extra peace of mind. 

If you’re looking to combat garden waste, the Woodford Recycling team is all you need. To help your garden improvement projects, we’re providing skips of varying sizes along with other services to customers across Cambridge, Huntingdon and Peterborough. Our phone lines are open 7 days a week to book a skip, so what are you waiting for?


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