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AIBU to dump my garden waste?

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thejollygreengiant Mon 28-Jul-08 08:57:12

I was getting rid of some garden waste the other day and my neighbour accused me of flytipping. I don't think that I was. What do you think?

The small garden waste is easy - I either compost it or stick it in the Council's green wheelie bin - but the very large, woody prunings are the problem. There is a piece of woodland across the road from us that is overgrown and unkempt. The 'hedges' are about 40 feet high! No one owns it AFAIK, even the neighbour admits that in 30 years he has never seen any signs of ownership. It is only a small piece of land, about 20 feet by 50 feet, but it is so overgrown and spooky that my DC would never play in there despite me trying to encourage them to make dens etc.

Is it reasonable to put the woody stuff (biodegradable, obv) in there, like so many other people in the road do? Or is my neighbour right and it is flytipping and immoral?

Love2bake Mon 28-Jul-08 08:59:55

Sounds fine to me, not really fly-tipping IMO.

mustsleep Mon 28-Jul-08 09:09:50

i think that if it's biodegradable and woody stuff anyway there's no probs

we have a bit of waste land behind our house and always tip our grass clippings and bush cuttings behind there as they rotaway to nothing in no time at all- it;s not as if you were dumping old toys or rubbish on there

Bumdiddley Mon 28-Jul-08 09:13:00

Ermmmm...even it if it is bio-degradable garden waste - it is fly tipping.

YANBU -but the owner of the land (possibly the council?) abscent or otherwise, may think otherwise.

ScottishMummy Mon 28-Jul-08 09:13:38

LOL misread this as AIBU to dump in my garden and thought phew well at least it's your own

Bumdiddley Mon 28-Jul-08 09:14:42

or otherwise grin

littlelapin Mon 28-Jul-08 09:16:01

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Shitehawk Mon 28-Jul-08 09:17:03

Technically she's right - dumping anything anywhere apart from where it should be dumped is fly-tipping.

Won't they collect large bits of green waste when they empty your green wheelie bin? Ours do ... we just leave them by the kerb and they take them away.

thejollygreengiant Mon 28-Jul-08 09:17:30

eeeuww at dumping in the garden!

mustsleep Mon 28-Jul-08 09:18:11

littlelapin that's nice and easy if you can drive

should the rest of us hire a skip everytime we have to cut the hedge?

littlelapin Mon 28-Jul-08 09:19:45

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thejollygreengiant Mon 28-Jul-08 09:21:17

If stuff doesn't fit in the bin or if the bin is so full that the lid doesn't close then they get very funny about it. And they are withdrawing the service next year anyway.

pointydog Mon 28-Jul-08 09:22:39

although bio degradable it'll take ages and ages to do so. I don't think you should do it either. AGREE WIth lapin. Does your council do uplifts? or Have you spoken to council recycling people?

LazyLinePainterJane Mon 28-Jul-08 09:22:39

no, but hedge cuttings can go in your green bin or compost. This is more then hedge cuttings. And really, how long are branches going to take to break down? And the land is owned by someone. It's not on, IMO.

DaisySteiner Mon 28-Jul-08 09:23:30

Nick buy another green bin?

littlelapin Mon 28-Jul-08 09:24:45

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thejollygreengiant Mon 28-Jul-08 09:24:54

It's not a bit of 'spare ground'. It's like Sleeping Beauty's castle with hedges so overgrown that, from the road, you can't see what's in there. I'm not going to make an eyesore on my own doorstep am I!?

kazbeth Mon 28-Jul-08 09:25:09

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bythepowerofgreyskull Mon 28-Jul-08 09:26:47

I don't think you should do it. There must be alternatives. biodegradable or not it is still fly-tipping.

pointydog Mon 28-Jul-08 09:29:47

we saw really big bits ofhedge and the Chrsitm\s tree and put it in the green bin when there's room (just with an old hand saw)

thejollygreengiant Mon 28-Jul-08 09:38:58

this started off so well with people agreeing with me ...sad
Shall I just burn the stuff instead?

pointydog Mon 28-Jul-08 09:40:31

can you chop it up smaller?

wb Mon 28-Jul-08 09:45:36

It really is fly-tipping you know, councils, Wildlife Trusts and other woodland owners get tons of this garden waste dumped every year. It smothers woodland plants, leads to increased nutrient levels where they aren't wanted, encourages other fly-tipping, honestly the list of probs is endless.

I was once a nature reserves manager and had 35 christmas trees dumped in one small woodland within the space of a week angry Cost the charity I worked for £200 to get rid of them cause unlike householders charities can't use municipal tips for free.

Sorry - minor rant there, not aimed at you

But please don't tip it in woodland.

Shitehawk Mon 28-Jul-08 09:46:26

"I'm not going to make an eyesore on my own doorstep, am I!".

No, but you're prepared to make one on somebody else's.

Saw it up smaller and put it in the wheelie bin if you can't get someone to take you to the tip.

Don't burn it; your neighbours will hate you forever!

Tigerschick Mon 28-Jul-08 09:46:29

Do your council do special collections? It might be worth giving them a ring as I know of a couple of places where they have a truck that goes round collecting unusual items ... you never know.

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