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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > October 2018 > MAKE YOUR GARDEN WASTE BIN REDUNDANT


With more councils charging for garden waste collection there has never been a more important time to look at DIY garden rubbish disposal. Emma Rawlings offers some tips which may save you money

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Having a garden waste bin is really a bit of a luxury. Years ago gardeners managed their own garden waste. So how can you manage without these bins and possibly save yourself some money if your council charges? Many people already manage without one and we don’t usually have bins on our allotments. It is true that gardens are smaller than they used to be which means composting and storing waste is more difficult – hence the need for green bins – but with a bit of effort and space it is possible to manage your own garden waste.


In a large garden it is a good idea to create an area devoted to dealing with garden waste.The following ideas would create the perfect waste disposal space but even if you adopted just one or two, you are well on the way to avoiding the need for a garden waste bin or may only need a handful of trips to your local tip. See panel for tips for smaller plots.

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