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Disposing of large amounts of old potting soil, especially in urban areas, is not as easy as most people think. This is because you cannot dispose of the soil in the domestic waste containers and you cannot just dump it anywhere without notifying your local government.
In this article, I will describe how to dispose of large amounts of old potting soil. If you have old soil that you don’t want to revitalize and reuse, read on to learn how to get rid of it.
1. Take the Potting Soil to a Landfill
Landfills are rare, but if you have one in your area, you can take your old soil there. To find a landfill near you, you can search online or inquire from your friends, neighbors, or workmates.
After finding the dumping ground, you need to pack the soil in plastic bags and get a pickup truck to transport it there. Some landfills charge a fee for soil disposal, so be ready to part with some money.
2. Take It to a Landscape Service Provider
Landscapers are usually in constant need of potting soil, so you can look for them in your area. Plant nurseries and garden centers also need this type of soil, so if there are some in your area, you can use them to get rid of the soil.
These businesses will only accept your soil if it is in large amounts. They also only accept pure soil (not mixed) and that which is easily revitalized or suits their landscaping projects. Some companies can pay you for your soil if it is super good and meets their requirements.
3. Get a Dumpster
If you are willing to pay for a dumpster, I recommend you go for it. It is a simple and convenient way to dispose of potting soil. Companies that rent dumpsters are highly available in urban areas and the dumpsters themselves can handle large amounts of soil.
After a getting a dumpster, you only need to load your soil onto them and wait for the company to pick it up. The company will probably dispose of the soil in a landfill or even sell it.
4. Hire a Soil Removal Company
Hiring a soil removal company is a little bit better than renting a dumpster. This is because the company will take care of the loading process. It is however expensive because the company will charge you for the loading work.
After agreeing the removal fee, the company will be able to take care of everything–from loading up to disposing it of in the right place. Removal companies operate with large trucks, so they will suit you well if you have large amounts of soil.
5. Take It to a Soil Recycling Facility
There are many soil recycling facilities that are willing to take your old potting soil and revitalize it. For your soil to be accepted by these facilities, it should not contain harmful chemicals and pollutants. Some facilities tests the soil for these harmful substances and they may charge you a fee for this process.
After identifying a recycling facility, you just need to take your soil there and it gets off your hands. The facility will revamp it–add back volume, microbes, and nutrients; and sell it to their customers.
6. Sell or Give It Away
Potting soil is a valuable growing medium and most people are looking for ways to get it for free or for cheap. You can therefore ask your friends and neighbors if they are interested in your old soil. You can also advertize it online to increase your chances of disposing it of quicker.
After finding someone who is interested in your soil, you can then decide to sell it to them or give it to them for free. Since it an old soil, your receiver will have to rejuvenate it if they plan to use it to grow plants.
As you can see, disposing of potting soil is a little bit complicated. It takes some time and it can cost you money to carry it out, but I am hopeful that this article will help you get rid of that heap of unwanted soil in your compound.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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