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hey guys and women. I am new to this career myself and have no plans at this time to take it full time. I actually only have one yard right now. My question is that the yard was looking like a jungle. The agreement was for me to cut the lawn and weed eat. Well of course after mowing the yard twice then raking and then mowing again, I was left with a ton of grass. Well with this customer I knew that it was alright dump it in a pile where she was burning stuff. I guess my question is if yall charge more to haul that much grass off, what do you do with it? This is something I have not thought about since I never let mine get that high.
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Check with local bulk supply places (mulch/topsoil/etc) to see if they accept lawn debris. Most around here do so. You pay them to dump off and they turn it into compost and such and sell it.
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same there as Hedgemaster
KNOW YOUR COST of dumping for cleanups at $6 to $10 per cubic yard it adds up fast ($36+ per fall cleanup)
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i bring mine to a local land fill only 48 a ton to drop off any thing takes a lot of grass or leaves to make a ton
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I would see if there is some where that is not a landfill, leaves and grass should not go in with trash. Lawn waste breaks down fast and is reusable but when put in a dump that never happens. If space is used up in the landfill for lawn waste we will need bigger or more landfills and that will cost us more in the long run.
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i bring mine to a local land fill only 48 a ton to drop off any thing takes a lot of grass or leaves to make a ton
Sounds pricey.

I don't drop off grass very often, but a truckload (pickup bed filled to top of sides) of brush, hedged clippings, etc only costs me $8.00 to drop off.
"Yard Debris $8.00 per cubic yard"
"Grass Clippings $7.50 per cubic yard"

Basically, I was told that when I drop off debris in my 5x8 trailer (with about 30" sides) it's $8.00.

Not too bad. There's another place that charges $12/ton and they weigh you.




The thing that's good about the place I use is that the materials are recycled, so I use that to my advantage in my advertising:

"Oak Leaf Lawn Service does not use a landfill. All organic lawn debris is taken to a recycling center to be made into usable compost."
That alone has gained me a few clients.
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I guess my question is if yall charge more to haul that much grass off, what do you do with it?
How are you handling the regular customers that don't have super high lawns? Do you just mulch the grass and leave the clippings as you go or are you bagging that too?
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Sounds pricey.

I don't drop off grass very often, but a truckload (pickup bed filled to top of sides) of brush, hedged clippings, etc only costs me $8.00 to drop off.
"Yard Debris $8.00 per cubic yard"
"Grass Clippings $7.50 per cubic yard"

Basically, I was told that when I drop off debris in my 5x8 trailer (with about 30" sides) it's $8.00.

Not too bad. There's another place that charges $12/ton and they weigh you.




The thing that's good about the place I use is that the materials are recycled, so I use that to my advantage in my advertising:

"Oak Leaf Lawn Service does not use a landfill. All organic lawn debris is taken to a recycling center to be made into usable compost."
That alone has gained me a few clients.
landfill is the only place around here that will take the grass clipping and other items from lawn work ,they have a seperate area that they make mulch in not sure what they do with it but they have a big tub grinder and just chew up the branches and every thing else that gets mixed in .
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landfill is the only place around here that will take the grass clipping and other items from lawn work ,they have a seperate area that they make mulch in not sure what they do with it but they have a big tub grinder and just chew up the branches and every thing else that gets mixed in .
That great they are reusing it
just hate to think about it going in with the trash
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I bring mine to work and throw it in the bin for free. It's pretty much a free for all where I work. Not sure if that's an ethical practice but certainly is cheap. Actually you may want to talk to friends or family. Where I work the place pays to have the bin emptied at regular intervals regardless of how much is in there so the boss so dump away. Just a thought.
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