Dirt Disposal: 7 Ways to Get Rid of Excess Dirt

Whether digging for a construction project or redoing your landscaping, large piles of dirt can make your lawn look untidy. If you’re left wondering how to dispose of dirt, you have seven options. 

How to Dispose of Dirt

How to Dispose of Dirt

Before disposing of dirt, you need to know what kind you have. There are three main types of soil: landscaping dirt, clean-fill construction dirt, and non-clean-fill construction dirt. 

Landscaping dirt is free of other debris and may have fertilizer or compost mixed with it. Clean-fill construction dirt is recyclable and contains a mix of natural building materials such as gravel, brick, stone, concrete, or sand. Non-clean fill dirt is non-recyclable, containing toxic elements, including chemical contamination, plastic, fiberglass, metal, or household waste.

Give it Away 

If you have landscaping or clean-fill construction dirt, give it away. Landscaping dirt is among the easiest to give away since others can use it to fill raised garden beds, flower beds, and pots. Clean-fill construction dirt is more appropriate for those needing to fill large holes in their yard.

You can list your dirt on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or Freecycle. Another option is to set it at the end of your driveway with a “free” sign. Regardless of the method, indicate the type of dirt, especially if it’s unsuitable for landscaping.

Bring it to a Recycling Facility

Landscaping and clean-fill construction dirt are recyclable. You can take either to a construction and demolition (C&D) recycling center. You can find a C&D recycling center by searching for your state here.

List it on FreeDirt.com

When you have a lot of dirt to get rid of, posting in Facebook groups might not do the trick. Instead, try listing it on the website Free Dirt

You can list or sell large quantities, and the site will match up your listing with users in your area needing backfill dirt or topsoil.

Take it to the Dump

If you don’t have a dirt recycling option near you and your dirt isn’t fit to give away, take it to the dump. In most states, your regular landfill or local C&D facility will accept your dirt waste. In some situations, especially if the dirt is contaminated, you’ll need to take it to a hazardous waste facility.

Contact your landfill ahead of time. Some will require you to test your soil and provide proof before dumping. On average, it costs $30 – $50 per ton to dump dirt at a landfill.

Hire a Soil Removal Company

Contact a landscaping company in your area to get quotes for soil removal. Keep in mind that this service can cost several hundred to thousands of dollars depending on the amount of dirt you have and the testing required by your state. 

Contact a Junk Removal Company

Junk removal companies will remove yard waste from your home, including dirt. A pro to using a junk removal company is they’re familiar with eco-friendly disposal methods. 

Contact the company for a custom quote. Large dirt removal jobs require excavation equipment and dump trucks, driving up the costs.

Rent a Dumpster and Fill it with the Dirt

If you have a tractor or other excavation equipment, you can rent a construction and demolition dumpster and fill it yourself. Depending on the size, a week-long dumpster rental costs as little as $200. 

Can You Dump Dirt for Free?

If you want to dump dirt for free, take advantage of your community’s household cleanup days. Some communities offer cleanup days once a month, while others only offer them a few times per year. During these events, residents can unload all unwanted items into a dumpster until the dumpsters are full. Check ahead to see if dirt is an acceptable item. If you have a small amount of dirt, get rid of it for free through your city’s yard waste collection days.

Those in rural areas will have a harder time finding free ways to dump dirt. If you can’t give it away for free, you’ll need to pay a fee to unload it at the landfill.