7 Sneaky Tricks To Dump Mulch FREE ... and legally!
The reality is, most tree contractors don’t have a yard to dump their mulch to sell on later, and with the cost of dumping at a waste station is becoming way too expensive. Here are a few creative ways to dump mulch FREE!
We all know this one as a good one, but how do you go about it??
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What I used to do is get one of my workers to start making calls about an hour before you need to dump (and always before 2pm so you catch them before closing). Always ask to speak to the “grounds keeper” or “maintenance”.
Shouldn’t take more than a hand full of calls to get a school needing mulch and willing to take it there and then.
#2. Landscape suppliers
Same as above, these guys are always looking for leaf litter mulch. You dump free and they sell on for a profit…. It’s a win, win. We don’t have a directory for you, but a quick google search for “ landscape materials/ suppliers” for your city will bring up an extensive list.
This is overlooked way too often by tree contractors who could have a strategic alliance with 10 or 20 landscapers who are in constant need of leaf litter mulch.
Also, landscapers tackle gardens everyday and come across a tree that is too big a job for them, so they subbie out the work to random Arborists…. Be their go-to-arborist!
Try this: Send a typed letter (see template below) with your card in it letting them know you are happy to deliver leaf litter mulch (with good notice) and free to their job site at half the price they would pay in landscape suppliers. Or you could come in free and tell them to call you with any tree too big to handle.
Template: landscapers strategic alliance letter template.pdf
Not So Common Ways:
#4. Land fill needed
I had a great contact in western Sydney. They were a mine who were constantly looking for free land fill.
It was a 40 minute hike out there, but I could dump any type of mulch (including palm) free…it was worth the trip!! I only used it when I got stuck.
Being a mining country you’re bound to have one no more than an hour from you, looking for land fill. Worth a few calls in my view.
#5. Mulch back to customer
It always worth asking the customer if they want some mulch. They may not take it all, but a lot of the time they will lighten your load… Again free!
Palm: When quoting palm jobs, I would always used to give a price for cut down and removal or cut down and stack for council clean up. Some councils have a bi-yearly clean up, but others allow residents to request a clean up twice a year. (refer to #7 for more on this)
Save your customer money:
And you will have a better shot of getting the job because more often than not you will come in under your competition, yet still making the same profit
Increases your profit:
You can pass some of the savings onto your customer, but you can actually make a larger profit as you are saving so much on dumping… not to mention time saved and fuel.
#6. Free Mulch to All
This is taking #5 to the next step. Why limit your free mulch to just your customers. The best way I used to get rid of mulch is to give it away free to everyone.
Make up a sign “Free Quality Woodchip For Your Garden – Call Bill 0410 884 461” and stick it on the side of a busy road for a few days.
Sounds basic I know, but you will get a ton of calls. You take note of everyone who wants chip in your diary (after 3 or 4 days you will get quite a list), Then over the next weeks start delivering mulch to these people when you get stuck for a dump spot.
Lets Get Sneaky:
#7. Doing The Rounds
So far the last 6, although they are pretty creative, we are not re-inventing th wheel and they are not going to really help you when you get stuck with a couple of tons of palm logs.
Dumping palm logs is the achilles heel for all tree contractors and can cost several thousand each year just in tipping fees.
This sneaky trick is taking #5 to the next level.
As discussed above, each council will either have specific clean up dates for areas or they will allow you to call twice a year for a clean up at your specific address. The latter is perfect for #5, but if it simply is not possible never fear….. we go with option A.
Lets use an example Parramatta City Council, Sydney. When they have a “clean up” they do 4 or 5 blocks at a time twice a year and generally allow 2 x cubic metres of waste per household.
Timing: The fact that they only do a few blocks at a time means it take them months and months to get through all areas they cover. Then when they do, it’s almost time to start again for the 2nd round (you get 2 clean ups per year in most cases). So these are going on ALL the time and if it’s not your immediate local council there will be one within a 15 minute drive that is doing it right now.
All you need to do is make a few calls to council(s) to find out where the current clean up is. Specifically what streets and the collection date. Now we definitely DON’T want to be taking up someone else’s space on the side walk when they have their own rubbish to get rid of.
So you are best just adding a couple of logs to each pile or waiting until the night before pickup day and adding a bulk to the smallest pile on the street.
And there you have it, free and legal dumping of palm logs.
Yes it will take you a few calls to find out where the current council clean ups are, but we are talking a saving of several hundred dollars each time.
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