How To Dispose of Rocks and Gravel

How to Dispose of Rocks and Gravel

If you’re planning a landscaping or hardscaping project, or if you’re making some improvements around your home or property, you may find yourself with some excess rocks or gravel on your hands. If you’re unsure of how to dispose of landscaping rocks and gravel, read on—we’ll share our top tips.

Roll-Off Dumpster Rentals for Rock and Gravel Removal

Obviously, rocks are heavy. If you’ve got even a few wheelbarrows full, gravel can be pretty hard to manage too. To simplify cleanup during and after your project, renting a roll-off dumpster is a great option. Aside from the convenience of having a place to easily discard your rocks and gravel right on your property, the process of renting a roll-off dumpster is pretty convenient.

ASAP Site Services will deliver your roll-off dumpster to you, place it where you’d like, pick it up when your rental period ends, and take care of the gravel and rock removal. You’ll pay one all-inclusive fee, and you can opt for a lengthy rental period to give yourself enough time to complete your project at your own pace. Our dumpster sizes and weight capacities vary, so make sure you’re clear on the needs of your project before placing your rental order—if you need some advice on how to get rid of rocks, our team is here. This option is typically best for large-scale projects, like overhauling your yard’s hardscaping or removing large rock structures like fireplaces or retaining walls. It’s important to keep in mind that you’ll have to load the dumpster yourself as part of the landscape rock removal service.

Hardscaping and Softscaping

First, you may be asking “What’s hardscaping?” Hardscaping refers to your garden or yard’s non-living landscaping features, so things such as walkways, outdoor fireplaces or fire pits, gazebos, patios, and retaining walls. Add in your softscaping—your plants, grass, trees, mulch, and shrubs—and you’ve got a landscaped garden.

Reworking your lawn or garden to add sustainability, personalize your property, or grow your own food is a worthwhile project that can bring a lot of joy and value. Once you’re an expert on where to dump rocks and the ins and outs of gravel disposal, you’ll be one step closer to completing your dream project.

 DIY Rock and Gravel Removal Options

Of course, there are free and low-cost options available to you as well if you’re interested in recycling or hauling your rocks yourself. Recycling or donating your unwanted rocks and gravel is always a good idea, though it might take some time to find the right person or place for them. If you’re committed to the idea of rock recycling, there are a few ways to go about it.

Landscapers, contractors, and DIYers keep an eye on the classifieds for rocks and gravel they can repurpose in their own projects. Whether you want to donate or sell your materials, posting on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or community message boards and apps is a great way to connect with someone interested in taking care of your landscape rock removal for their own benefit. You can also try calling local schools, churches, or other organizations to ask if they’re in need of any rocks or gravel for any hardscaping projects. You never know who in your community might be searching for exactly what you have.

Sometimes, the easiest answer to the question “Where can I dump rocks?” is right in your front yard. Hauling your rocks and gravel to the curb, staking up a “free” sign, and calling it a day may not be the fastest method, but it will certainly be the easiest for you—and possibly the most serendipitous for a neighbor. Again, you never know who might be admiring your new landscaping and dreaming of building out their own garden when they happen upon the rocks you set out for disposal. Of course, this method is dependent on a few things: For one, you need to have room on your curb to place your rocks and gravel—ideally a spot where the grass won’t get damaged if the material sits a while. You also need to be mindful of things like HOAs, which may not allow unwanted materials to sit outside longer than a day or two.

If you’re okay with doing a little extra work and paying a small fee, you can haul your landscaping rocks and gravel to the landfill yourself. Of course, you’ll need a truck with enough room, the time and strength to load it, and a free afternoon for the drive, since landfills aren’t always close to town. Landfills charge a fee for dumping, but it’s usually by the ton, so if you can drive your rocks there, you’re probably looking at a pretty small amount that won’t cost much. If time and effort are two things you can afford, this is a great, cheap option.

Now that you know how to get rid of rocks, you’re just about ready to take on your landscaping project or to start demolition on an old structure. Whether you donate, recycle, sell, or have us remove and dispose of your unwanted landscaping rocks and gravel, you’ll feel a whole lot lighter once they’re gone.

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