16 July 2021

How to Dispose of Old Deck Wood

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With the good garden weather on the way, now’s the time to spring into action and get all of those niggling little garden jobs done. One of the more popular DIY garden projects of recent years is laying decking areas but these can often need re-laying after becoming weather damaged or simply needing a refresh. The question is, how can you dispose of your old deck wood quickly and before the summer holidays arrive?

That’s where Clearabee can help. Our waste clearances can attend any property and remove your old deck boards, unwanted garden furniture or children’s outdoor toys, very often on the same day as your order (especially if you order before 1pm). What’s more, we divert from landfill at least 95% of all that we collect which means we can recycle your untreated deck wood and help to keep our planet as green as your garden.

Follow this link if you want to jump straight ahead and book us to dispose of your old deck wood or contact Clearabee and we’ll give you a buzz back. Otherwise, let’s have a look at how we can help…


Decking Removal

Whether you’re replacing an entire section of decking or only a few boards here and there, getting rid of it can often be more difficult than doing the decking itself. It’s not an option to throw it away with your domestic waste and you may not have suitably-sized transport which to enable you to take it to the tip. That’s why we’ve designed all of our waste clearance services to be not only cost-effective, but quick and convenient too.


If you opt for Clearabee’s ‘Man and Van’ service then our trained waste operatives can remove the unwanted decking from your back garden as long as we have access. We could even attend your property when you’re not present so as not to interrupt your week. As long as gates are left unlocked or special instructions are given to our team, we’ll send an SMS when we’re approximately 30 minutes from your property and we’ll take before and after pictures so you can see that the area has been left tidy. We’ll also send you a tracking link so you can keep up to date with our progress.

In either case, we can do all of the heavy lifting on your behalf; we don’t mind getting a splinter or two.


Skip Hire and Skip Bag


If you don’t mind doing your own carrying and lifting, then hiring a skip or buying a Skip Bag could very well be a suitable option for you when deciding what to do with old deck boards. Skips and Skip Bags both need a considerable amount of free space on your driveway or front lawn but they do afford you a little more time as well as somewhere to securely store your garden waste. This is especially important if you have children or pets that might find a pile of old decking an inviting place to play.


For skip hire, you’ll receive the skip for 14 days and, of course, you’ll also be able to make the most of the skip and dispose of other waste streams from your home or garden. Skip hire prices vary from area to area due to a number of factors, such as demand, logistical routes to your property and your distance from a local waste transfer station. You can check our skip hire page for the cost to hire a skip in your area without being tied in to a quote, or you can take a look at our Waste Calculator, which will allow you to compare which of our rubbish removal services are the most suitable (and cost effective) for you.
With a Skip Bag, you have six months in total to fill your bag and book your designated-day collection with Clearabee, although it’s worth mentioning that if you’re so inclined, you could organise a much quicker turnaround. Once again, you’d need to do your own lifting and the Skip Bag would need to be no more than 4 meters’ distance from the road so it can be effectively collected.

Take a look at our dedicated Skip Bag page to see how the flexible alternative to skips could work for you.


Recycling Deck Wood

Your decking is likely to be made up of treated lumber, cedar or redwood which all contain chemicals to help them withstand damage from the elements and insect infestations. Unfortunately, this makes treated decking near impossible to recycle as planing the wood to reclaim it would release harmful chemicals into the air. For the same reasons, chipping the wood for reuse is not a possibility either.


For the same reasons, the treated decking wood cannot be sent to landfill as the noxious chemicals within may affect the nearby soil and water and pose an environmental risk. As a result, the treated wood must be dealt with in the same way as hazardous waste streams and sent to a lined landfill instead where the chances of it leaching into the earth is significantly reduced.

In any case, Clearabee customers will be issued with a digital Waste Transfer Note which will form a record of what waste has been collected from your property, which vehicle collected it, which Waste Transfer Station it has been taken to and what the landfill diversion rate is. This rate is at least 95% on average but, as mentioned above, these rates may not be reachable with treated wood.


Book Clearabee today to dispose of old deck wood via our ‘Man and Van’ waste clearances before 1pm today and we’ll help get your garden on its way to glory.
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