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How to Dispose of Old Fence Panels

There comes a time when every fence panel is going to need replacing. It’s hardly surprising, they do get a lot of weather thrown at them, after all. The job itself needn’t be too difficult, especially if it’s just a case of pulling out the old panels and sliding new ones into the slots in existing concrete posts.

old fence for the skip

The bigger problem can sometimes be what you actually do with them once you’ve taken them out. There’s one thing you shouldn’t do, and that’s burn them. Fence panels have generally been treated to help them last longer, so if you burn them, chances are you’ll be sending lots of noxious chemicals into the air – a great way of making yourself very unpopular with the neighbours.

But here are a few of your choices when it comes to disposing of your old fence panels:

Hire a skip

The simplest way to get rid of them is to hire a skip – after all, all you have to do then is throw them in and let someone else worry about the actual disposal. If all goes smoothly, you can have them taken down, broken up, thrown in your skip and taken away on the same day (especially if you use our Wait & Load Skip Hire service). That’s far quicker and far more convenient than all your other choices!

If you take this option, then you can’t do better than choose Woodford Recycling as the company from which to hire your skip. We’re experts in collecting and recycling all kinds of wood and timber for domestic, commercial and industrial customers. We recycle every bit of wood and timber we collect, so you can be 100% sure that your old fence panels will be recycled and not end up in landfill. 

Use them for something else

While the panels as a whole may be past their best, individual planks may still be in pretty good shape, which could give you the potential for repurposing them. There’s any number of possibilities when you start to think about it: you could use them to make planters, or even raised beds; you could paint them and use them to create some kind of feature in your garden; or you could even make some rustic garden furniture. There’s plenty of inspiration online, so if you’re a creative and practical person, you’re sure to find something to enthuse you.

See if anyone else wants them

Of course, if you’re not the creative and practical type, then someone you know might well be. Alternatively, someone else might view your old fence panels as a step up from what they currently have and a cheaper alternative to buying new ones. If you don’t know anyone yourself in need of them, try advertising them on Freecycle or a similar site. You might be surprised what others are prepared to take off your hands! 

Take them to the tip

The two main choices you have besides the above are the household wheelie bin or your local recycling centre. If you’re getting rid of a few, then the wheelie bin option quickly starts to become impractical, because they’re unlikely to fit. Plus, if they’re treated, then you can’t put it in your recycling bin anyway. The tip might be your next option, but again, it won’t take long to fill the average sized family car, so you’re probably going to have to make a number of trips. This isn’t cost effective or good for the environment, so a simple skip hire service would make more sense.


For more information on skip hire, as well as our dedicated wood recycling service at Woodford Recycling, get in touch with us today. We have skips for homeowners as well as businesses to help make disposing of your waste simple and straightforward.

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