Frequently Asked Questions: Yard Waste

Helping countless individuals and families over the years, we've dealt with more than our share of green waste & debris. As such, here are the most common questions that our customers frequently ask when in need of help disposing of their yard waste.

Table of Contents

  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK? FAQs
    • Yard Waste FAQs
      • What is yard waste?
      • Can I throw yard waste (branches & leaves) in the trash?
      • Can you throw leaves in the trash?
      • How do I prepare my lawn waste for pickup?
      • What are my options for disposing of yard waste by myself?
      • What is considered yard waste?
      • What yard waste might not be acceptable?
      • How do I dispose of my old lawnmower?
      • What are my options for getting rid of my old landscaping equipment?
      • How can I recycle or repurpose my old lawn mower and landscaping equipment?

Yard (Green) Waste FAQs

What is yard waste?

Yard waste is vegetative waste resulting from the care and maintenance of landscaped areas, lawns, and gardens. Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, twigs, mulch, garden wastes, tree trunks, holiday trees and prunings from trees or shrubs.

Many local garbage services don’t offer yard waste collection, which can make disposal difficult. If you have yard waste you need to get rid of, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’ll take care it everything for you and get those piles of yard waste out of your way in no time.

Can I throw yard waste (branches & leaves) in the trash?

You can call your local trash pickup service to arrange a pickup. This isn’t an option for everyone, since some areas don’t pick up yard waste. Those that do offer the service often have limits on how much they will take, so if you have large amounts of waste they might not be able to take it all.

You can also take it to the dump on your own. You’ll need to make sure your local dump accepts yard waste, since some don’t. If you have a truck, it’s easy to transport your yard waste on your own, otherwise you’ll need to arrange a way to get it there.

If you mostly have heavy branches, tree stumps, and shrubs, you can rent a wood chipper. This essentially turns your yard waste into mulch, which can be used in your garden. This is a great option for those with large yards, but won’t work for all situations.

If you just don’t have the time or resources to handle your yard waste removal on your own, you can always call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’re a full service yard waste removal company, which means we’ll take care of everything for you. We’ll do all the heavy lifting and ensure that your yard waste is properly disposed of.

Can you throw leaves in the trash?

While homeowners may not realize it, leaves that build up on your property can slow down water run off during storms and ice can prevent water from reaching the soil if too many leaves are blocking the ground. Some cities have dedicated bin for leaves & yard waste however in many cases, you cannot simply throw leaves in the trash with other refuse.

While leaf removal can be a bit of a chore, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has a responsible yard waste disposal service. After we remove your leaves, they will be mulched and composted to help protect and sustain the environment.

How do I prepare my lawn waste for pickup?

We ask that you purchase the proper biodegradable bags to help reduce waste. Make sure to tie it up properly so no yard waste spills out. Then, you can either put your lawn waste at the curb alongside your other trash for pickup. If you don’t feel like hauling bags of yard waste or doing the heavy lifting, feel free to call our clean and professional crew to do it for you - hassle free!

What are my options for disposing of yard waste by myself?

You can try calling your local sanitation department to schedule a pickup, or load the yard waste into your car and bring it to the dump yourself. If you have tons of heavy branches or a large amount of yard waste, you should consider renting a chipper which turns your waste into mulch that can be used for your new yard. To save you the hassle of coordinating removal and the cost of renting equipment, consider calling 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to take care of it for you. We’ll come to your house and give you a free, no-obligation estimate. We make junk disappear!

What is considered yard waste?

There are many types of yard waste that can be disposed of, including pruned branches, leaves, grass clippings, and weeds. Since yard waste contains tons of moisture that makes it hard to be burned at landfills, it is best to reuse and compost this material as much as you can. If you don’t know how to do it yourself, feel free to call us at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for a free onsite estimate!

What yard waste might not be acceptable?

Large trees, stumps, and untreated wood may not be accepted by your city. Since different municipalities have different guidelines on what kind of yard waste they take, it’s best that you phone ahead of time to double check. Some private-sector companies also offer to remove yard waste that your city doesn’t take. To save the hassle of researching and calling multiple places, our friendly and professional crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is in your neighborhood and ready to give an on-site free estimate!

How do I dispose of my old lawnmower?

You could try calling the city to check if they do curbside pick up, or consider selling it if the lawnmower is still in good condition. If it’s broken and you need to get rid of it, consider calling our crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to come onsite and do the heavy lifting for you. We save you time and hassle of trying to do it yourself!

What are my options for getting rid of my old landscaping equipment?

Some cities do free curbside pick-up. You can also try selling your old equipment for parts. If you want to dispose of it altogether, it’s best that you drain the gas and oil from the engine before disposal. If it’s your first time dealing with this, or you don’t want to go through the hassle of hauling your old landscaping equipment yourself, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is in your neighborhood and ready to help! Just give us a call and we’ll have your junk out of your way in no time.

How can I recycle or repurpose my old lawn mower and landscaping equipment?

You can consider donating your equipment if it’s still in good condition. You can also come up with creative ways to repurpose the equipment. For example, your broken wheelbarrow could be used as planters for new flowers. Rakes and broken tools could also make for great hangers. For parts that are broken, our friendly crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is in your neighborhood and ready to help take your junk away.