Are you planning on getting some serious work done on your property? Particularly, you want to add a fountain in the garden, install a pool in the backyard or a patio. Most likely you will end up with a pile of dirt, soil and rocks that you’ll need to dispose of. Perhaps you have a large bin or a dumpster enough for your pile of dirt, then, there’s no need to be concerned about.
However, dumping your soil is not that simple. Every local council has its own regulated laws on dumping dirt, some may even require you a permit. In addition, if your dirt contains hazardous materials, physical contaminants such as broken pieces of glass, plastics, or metal, you may need to contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for assistance.
How to dump soil for free?
If you opt to dump your soil without spending extra cost, the following options are commonly efficient and cost-effective dirt disposal alternatives.
Construction or landscaping company
Find a local landscaping company online to get rid of your dirt for free. There are companies willing to accept dirt for as long as you follow a certain process it entails. Similarly, some construction sites might accept your dirt for free. Always keep in mind to check the company for details.
List your dirt online
Listing your soil online is a good way of getting rid of it for free. There are contractors and even DIYers who browse on sites such as Craigslist, Freecycle and even on Facebook’s market buy and sell group for free soil or dirt to use in their projects.
You can list your soil available for pickup or have it delivered yourself if you need to take it out of your yard as soon as possible. You can also find other dirt-specific sites that will match you with local looking for soil and fill, these sites are usually for free.
Repurpose for a yard project
Instead of listing your soil online for free, why not consider a new yard project while we are confined in our homes during this pandemic crisis. Repurpose your soil for a raised garden beds or levelling a slope. This is definitely one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways of getting rid of the pile in your yard.
DIY-dump it yourself
If you have a specialised vehicle who can haul your waste, you can always get rid of the soil yourself anytime. Search for local landfill who accepts inert waste such as soil or dirt. Although it is a guaranteed disposal option, you also have to consider the following:
- Location of the dumping site.
- Loading and unloading the dirt yourself
- Physically demanding and time-consuming
Dumping inert waste by yourself can be favourable but it also comes with real hurdles at the same time. Instead of saving, it might cost you way more than you expected. Aside from the physical labour, you have to meticulously inspect your dirt because it might contain hazardous waste. Physical contaminants in your soil are a serious offence if you knowingly or unknowingly dump it in a private or public property.
Fine for illegal dumping
Disposing of dirt or soil illegally on a private or public property that contains physical or hazardous contaminants is a serious offence. Dumping your waste materials without the approval or permit of EPA and your local council could be subject for illegal dumping with hefty fines as high as $500,000 or 4 years imprisonment for individuals, while corporate bodies are penalized as high as $2 million.
Aside from illegal dumping, giving false or misleading information regarding your waste is a serious offence. EPA launched a community awareness regarding the risk of Free Fill that could devalue one’s property and could place your family’s health at risk. It could also cost thousands of dollars for cleanup. If you dispose of your fill illegally, you will be subject to receive penalties as high as:
- $15,000 (on the spot fine)
- $5 million (in court fines)
- 7 years in prison
Hire a trusted and reliable removalist
Whether it’s for free or hired, do not stress yourself on how you are going to dump your soil. Leave the dumping to your professional removalists, Aussie Junk is trustworthy in all sorts of rubbish removal from garden waste, house renovations, unwanted large items, we can do the removal for you.
Dumping your dirt for free is possible for as long as you follow the regulated laws and making sure that the soil you are giving away is free from any contaminants. You don’t want to be fined with illegal dumping or giving false information on free fill.
With Aussie Junk, you don’t have to weigh your options. Why do all the physically demanding job when you have us on the speed dial. We offer efficient and affordable inert rubbish removal services across Sydney.
Our removalists are well-trained in handling inert waste and can remove it out of your place in no time. Give us a call today at 0435 569 921.