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Dispose of soil

A plot of land can cost a fortune. You pay for the square meters, the land that is there usually has considerably less value. You even have to pull the wallet to drain soil. For a major job at home or for a large construction project, you need practical solutions that can save you time and money. You can dispose of soil with a container. Garden soil, black or white soil and clay soil. There are various costs involved, such as the rate charged by the municipality or renting a container. You can read on this page what you need to know about the possibilities and costs of removing soil. Are you looking for an suitable container for your project? Then you are welcome in the webshop. Here you will find the right container for every job.

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Dispose of soil in a container

Soil is very versatile. What you dig in one place you can use elsewhere. Make a hole or an elevation or level the garden. Anything is possible as long as you have a good plan and the right materials. However, not all soil is the same and sometimes you have too much of one type or too little of the other. You must first remove soil and then continue with the desired product. The properties of black or white sand can vary considerably. As a private individual, it is possible to drive to the recycling center yourself or to engage a specialist for this. The best choice depends on the project and the amount of soil you want to remove. When disposing of soil as a private person, there will be restrictions at the recycling center with regard to the type of soil that is dumped or the maximum volume.

It is possible to dispose of soil at the municipality, with a maximum amount of 1 m3 you can quickly reach your limit. The costs for removing soil per m3 can drop considerably if you use a larger container. There are also other locations where you can go. If it concerns larger volumes, the costs of removing soil will quickly increase if you do not first inquire about the possibilities. If you're not careful, you'll end up with a mountain of sand that you can't get rid of. That cannot be the intention. The price for land disposal is therefore not the only factor.

Transporting soil with a shovel

In many cases, the contractor will take care of the moving of the soil. If you do a job yourself as a homeowner or for customers, you have to arrange the disposal of excess soil yourself. Of course you do not have to purchase all the materials yourself. This way you can use dispose of soil with a container that you rent for the period in which it is needed. By clearly coordinating matters with the lessor of materials, you can immediately save costs. Of course it is also important that you can count on the equipment when needed. Good planning makes the difference.

Dispose of contaminated soil

Dispose of soil at the municipality

For soil disposal, the price per m3 is on average between 10 and 30 euros. This depends on the amount of soil and how it is removed. The costs of removing soil will increase if it concerns contaminated soil. A soil survey may be required to determine this. The disposal price is therefore not the only cost item. Don't try to save on things like research or a container. This way you will later be faced with bigger problems, including higher costs. However, the price for removing soil per m3 can differ based on various factors, including:

  • As for a type of soil.
  • Whether there is contamination.
  • In which municipality the work will take place.
  • What is the total volume of the excess sand.

At we like to think along with you to keep the price affordable when disposing of soil. Contact us without obligation for the possibilities.

Rules are in the field of soil disposal

It is important to know that there are strict rules in the field of soil drainage. If you would like to know more about this, please do not hesitate to contact the helpdesk. In 2019, a national framework called “Temporary Action Framework for the reuse of PFAS-containing earth and dredging sludge” came into effect. The PFAS scheme was drawn up in collaboration with the central authorities and comes from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

PFAS stands for Poly and Perfluoroalkyl Substances. These are chemicals that do not occur naturally in nature. Think of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonates (PFOS). These are substances that are present in products such as lubricants, packaging, textiles or cosmetics.

In brief; uncolored soil that is supplied will first have to be analyzed for PFAS. If the measured values ​​are below the standard industrial standard, the soil can be accepted by the processing organization. Otherwise, it is not possible to accept the soil for cleaning or reuse. No transitional arrangement applies for soil that is slightly contaminated.

Dispose of garden soil

Is cheap soil removal possible? Yes, provided certain conditions are met. For example, when removing excess soil, it is important that a distinction is made between clean soil and polluted soil. Disposing of clean soil is considerably cheaper than contaminated soil. How much does soil removal cost? To answer that question you will have to add up all the costs. What resources are needed to excavate the soil, for example, and how this is removed. Up and down several times with a small load takes time, in addition, the costs for disposing of garden soil at the recycling center can increase considerably. If it concerns several m3, renting a container will quickly turn out to be cheaper.

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Dispose of black soil

By black soil we mean garden soil. This is also called black sand or topsoil. This is a standard type of soil that you will find in many gardens. The first step in processing the soil is to consider the possibilities of reusing the black sand. You may be able to deposit excavated sand elsewhere to raise part of the garden. However, if any black soil remains, it can be disposed of in a container.

Dispose of garden soil

Disposing of garden soil is one of the most standard uses for removing sand. For example, when later pouring white soil to build a terrace in the garden. When draining soil, make sure the bottom is free of other elements. Otherwise, it may cause problems when picking up. It is in fact not permitted to carry out disposal of soil in the case of contaminated soil.

When removing black soil, you will have to calculate the amount that will be removed. Standard containers have a volume of 3 m3 or 6 m3. If there is a need for a container with a larger capacity, please contact an employee of There are certainly possibilities for black sand disposal in larger quantities. Would you like to know more about sand disposal and the associated costs? We are happy to prepare a non-binding offer for you.

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Where can I dispose of clay soil

Can you also drain clay soil with black soil? Yes that is possible. One condition is that the material does not contain any debris or is not contaminated with other substances. If you want to dispose of plants, shrubs or trees, special green containers are available for this. In practice it will be impossible to completely remove every root when draining black soil. That is why a guideline has been set for 5 to 10 percent of vegetable residual materials. When disposing of sand, it is always important to be aware of the rules, which may differ per municipality.

Dispose of white garden sand

White sand is not a standard type of sand but a collective name for different types of soil with similar properties. It will not be soil with a high nutritional value, plants cannot thrive on it. It is a type of sand that generally allows water to pass through and is suitable for laying a stable underlayment. For the most part, the same rules and guidelines apply to white sand disposal as to other types of soil. For garden sand, the costs for removing soil are the same as for black sand, provided there is no contaminated soil. If this is the case, the cost will be higher. It is therefore important to check which type of sand it concerns and whether any special requirements apply when disposing of soil. If contaminating elements are present, the price for disposal will rise. It is also possible that the removal of soil is not possible. PFAS soil may not be accepted. The experts at will of course be happy to help you so that you know what the soil drainage costs are.

Disposal of land costs

If you want to know what the removal of soil costs per m3, this partly depends on the total volume and the type of soil involved. It is quite easy to calculate the costs for clean white or black sand drains. If there is contamination, the rules for land collection may differ. In that case, additional soil investigation may be required. In that case, it is wise to have this carried out in advance, otherwise you run the risk that the container cannot be used because the disposal of garden soil may fall under restrictions. We can advise you on this, please contact us directly for more information.

Maurice Hagen -

Maurice Hagen

Artikel is geschreven door Maurice Hagen. Eigenaar van en, met 23 jaar werkervaring in de recycling/milieusector.