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How Can I Dispose of Garden Fence Panels

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When it's time to replace or upgrade your garden fence panels, you'll have to get rid of your old ones too. This article walks you through all the different ways you can safely dispose of your garden fence panels. Plus a few ways you definitely shouldn't dispose of them.


How to Dispose of Garden Fence Panels

If you've recently replaced your garden fence panels and are not sure what to do with the old ones, here are some ideas.

Take to a Recycling Centre

Most local recycling centres will accept garden fence panels in their timber recycling. Ensure you keep remove as many additional materials from the panels, such as screws and plastic caps. This will make it easier to recycle and protect refuse workers when handling it. Be careful when transporting the panels in your car and when moving them into the right area. You don't want to damage your car or hurt yourself. Bring a friend so you don't have to carry too heavy a load, or ask a recycling worker to help.

Hire a Skip

If you don't have transportation, you can hire a skip for your fencing panels. This is a great option if you have many panels to dispose of. A skip provider will be able to dispose of any waste material in the proper manner. It's also an excellent choice if you are doing other landscaping or building work at the same time as a skip can be filled with many different things. Do your research first when hiring a skip, and find a company that guarantees safe recycling where possible.

Contact your Council

Most councils offer a collection service for a fee. You can usually pay the council, book in a slot and they will come and collect a variety of items from your home. This includes garden fence panels that they will be able to take to the recycling centre.

Freecycle or Marketplace

If the fence panels are in pretty good knick, you may be able to sell them on to someone else. Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle and Gumtree are just some of the places you can sell your used goods. Fence panels are frequently available for sale or are free if collected. So, if you want to gain a little bit of money back on your panels, trying selling them first before disposing of them safely.


While we are on the topic of giving items for free, you can donate your fence panels to various organisations. Whether local allotments, art groups or upcycled craft makers, fence panels can be reused and remade into something completely different. Reach out online to your local mutual aid group or charity network to find out if any organisation is looking for fencing panels for projects.


How Not to Dispose of Garden Fence Panels

There is also a couple of ways to dispose of garden fence panels that you should absolutely not do.

Do Not Burn Them

Most garden fence panels have been tanalised which means they have chemicals impregnated into them to stop rot and insect damage. As such, if you burn them, you will release strong and potentially deadly chemicals into the atmosphere. You risk damaging your own health and anyone in the area if you burn them. You may also receive a fine for burning domestic waste at home.

Don't put them in your Black Bin

While you may be able to dispose of a fence by breaking it up and putting it in your black bin, it is not advised. Timber is a natural resource that can be reused in many ways before it finally erodes. Therefore, you should always attempt to reuse or recycle it before sending it to a landfill. This is especially important for tanalised fencing whose chemicals can leech into the ground as they rot.


Replacing your Fence Panels

If your garden fence has seen better days, it may be time to replace them. At Contemporary Gardens we specialise in quality, modern garden fence panels. We produce several types of horizontal, slatted fence panels in a variety of colours. We also supply everything you would need to build a fence, such as post caps, support and gates. If you can't find what you are looking for, get in touch with one of our team, or visit the FAQ page.