How to Get Rid of Soil

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Excess soil after gardening, landscaping or renovation projects can be a real challenge to get rid of; it’s heavy, bulky and messy, and becomes far more problematic once it’s wet. Bearing this in mind, we’ve put together a few quick, simple and cost-effective ways of getting rid of the unwanted soil that’s been cluttering up your property.

Advertise locally and online

Just because your soil is a burden to you, doesn’t mean that other people won’t want it. Start off with your neighbours and friends - you never know - they could be planning a landscaping or construction project where your excess soil will be invaluable. In addition, why not try - if you live in a rural location - talking to local farmers. There is a good chance that they will be able to find a use for even low quality soil, as well as having the equipment to collect and transport it.

Another great idea is to advertise your excess earth on sites such as Gumtree, eBay and Freecycle. If your soil is of a poor quality, advertise it as such - this could still be used by people carrying out landscaping projects, such as laying a patio or the base of a flowerbed. If the waste soil that you have is of a better quality, mention this in your advert and it will be easy to find someone who’ll take it off your hands. An advantage of using these websites is that people who want your soil will collect it from your property, as long as you specify so in the advert.

Use it for another project

If your soil is of a decent quality, you could think about using it yourself in another DIY project, perhaps as the base of a raised flower bed, or in garden pots. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, sites like BBC Gardening and Gardeners World are a great place to start.

Before using your excess earth for gardening, it is a good idea to check its suitability for growing plants. You can find a list of some useful tests to carry out before using your soil here. If you do discover issues with your soil, there are ways that you can improve the quality, for example digging in well-rotted, bulky organic matter and applying fertilisers like blood, bone and fishmeal.


If you are looking for a simple, convenient and reliable service for getting rid of your excess soil around your property or site, HIPPO offers the perfect solution. We have a great deal of experience removing soil and other waste for our customers and will ensure that removing your excess soil is a stress free and efficient operation.

Our strong, lightweight skip alternative bags are perfectly suited to disposing of earth, and can be collected from a place of your convenience (within 4 metres of the roadside) rather than having to be left on the road like a traditional skip. We can even collect waste from behind walls and fences, as long as they are under 6ft tall.

HIPPO offer 3 different sizes of bag, so you can suit the size of bag to how much soil you need disposing of, this ensures that you won’t be paying for more than you’re using. Simply buy your HIPPOBAG flat packed online or from one of our trusted retailers, take your time to fill it up, then call us and we will collect it for you!

Make use of these handy tips and that excess soil around your property needn’t be a problem any longer! Whether you use the soil yourself, advertise it online, or trust HIPPO to ensure a stress-free collection, this guide will ensure that that bulky, unsightly soil will be off your hands in no time!