A garden project

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For years, I’ve been hoping to sort our garden out and make it more useful. We’ve got a lovely decking but no back lawn. The front lawn isn’t fenced off so the girls can’t use it and I’m desperate to get a swing, slide and climbing frame out there before they get too old to want to use them.

Getting started

I wrote yesterday about how I wanted the girls to be able to be in the garden more next Winter. Whilst most of the things I want to do are expensive, that doesn’t stop me from getting started on the things I can do myself. One of them was cutting some trees back to a more manageable height. I got started a few weeks ago, but I had to cut a couple of metres off the top of some of the trees and the amount of garden waste it produced was ridiculous. So, I decided to enlist the help of Clearabee to get rid of it.

They offer a few different options to get rid of waste. You can either hire someone to collect the waste and load it into a van, or they’ll send you either a skip bag or a sack that you put the waste into yourself and they come and collect it. I decided to go for the skip bag in the largest size available, X Large. It arrived via an Amazon delivery, folded down so I could easily store it until I needed it.

When opened out, the skip bag was absolutely enormous and I started to doubt whether I’d actually fill it. But when I got going with the chainsaw, I realised that I was going to need every inch of space.

Removing the waste

It took me several days to cut everything down that I needed to. I was determined to do it before the birds started nesting in there because I didn’t want to disturb them. I had intended to get the bag collected a few days after it had been delivered but when the snow came, I realised I’d have to wait a little longer.

Luckily, they’re super flexible and you only have to give them 24 hours notice of when you want the bag collected. When I did finally manage to arrange collection, the bag was absolutely full to the brim. The driver was amazing and loaded everything onto the van himself. He offered me the opportunity to keep the bag, meaning I can get a discount on collection next time. I decided to keep it because it’s definitely a service I’d use again.


For me, the best thing about Clearabee is that I know they’ll recycle waste or dispose of it safely. They choose a waste disposal station that is nearby and can take the type of waste you give them. Their first priority is to reuse it. If possible, waste will go to one of their re-use partners or a charity shop. Where possible, they recycle anything that can’t be reused. They sort the waste out, ensuring that only a very small amount goes to landfill. They say that in some areas, nothing at all goes to landfill.

If I was to use the service again, I’d be a bit more organised in knowing how much waste there would be before I ordered collection. If it didn’t all fit into my Clearabee bag, I’d go with the van service. It’s such a convenient way to get rid of the waste and I’m sure there will be loads more of it before I’m done.

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  1. Oh my word that bag is HUGE ha, what a great idea though. Sadly with fly tipping on the rise it really is important to know that you can trust anyone taking away waste for you, so definitely a great service idea.

    Stevie x

  2. HI Nat, what a great idea. I imagine that not knowing what to do with waste that the bin ben won’t take can leave people scratching their heads. The fact that you don’t have to plan weeks in advance for a pick up is handy too, at least that way the only pressure you are under is from birds wanting to nest.


  3. Clearing garden waste is an absolute nightmare. We usually do endless runs to the tip. It’s not too far away, but it’s time consuming and also makes a mess of the car. This sounds a far more sensible solution!

  4. That sounds like a great service. We’ve got a fair bit of garden waste that we’ve currently working out how best to get rid of (none of it is suitable for our garden waste bin) – perhaps something like this would be a good solution for us.