There are a number of ways you can get rid of dirt. For example, you can contact a local landscaping company or construction site to see if they’ll take it. Or you can register with one of the below-listed companies that either recycle dirt or match you with someone who needs it. These companies include Clean-Fill-Wanted.com, DirtFill.com, Dirt Monkey, FreeDirt.com, Junk King, Pacific Topsoils, and Waste Management.

But, before you get ready to haul your dirt off, be sure to check for state and local regulatory laws on dumping dirt; some areas may require a permit.

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What You Need to Know About Dumping Regulations

Each state, city, and even county may have different regulatory laws when it comes to dumping dirt. You’ll need to contact your local city office to see which rules apply to you and your specific type of dirt, or what’s commonly called fill. For example, in some locations, you’ll need a permit to dump dirt.

Keep in mind that if your dirt contains things like asbestos, physical contaminants — glass, plastics, or metal — or hazardous materials of any kind (pesticides, human waste, etc.) you may need to contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for help. The EPA regulates hazardous material disposal, and, if you dispose of it illegally, you could be subject to heavy fines and up to seven years in prison.

Where to Dump Dirt

We have the list of places to dump dirt — some of which are free, while others require registration or a fee. A few of the dirt disposal companies listed are removal services that take yard waste.

Landscaping and Construction Companies

If you’re looking to get rid of some dirt for free, one option is to find a local landscaping company that may be willing to accept it. Search online for landscaping companies near me and contact an organization to find out if it accepts dirt and what the process entails.

Similarly, some construction sites might also be willing to accept dirt for free. In this case, you can search online for construction companies near me or drive around to building sites and ask the foreman if he or she needs the fill. This option is dependent on each location, so make sure you contact the company for details.

Dirt Disposal Companies

The following companies provide sites to dispose dirt or connect you with local dirt disposal sites. Fees range and they don’t necessarily take all kinds of dirt.

1. Clean-Fill-Wanted.com

  • Accepted types of dirt: Clean fill — dirt that’s acceptable for construction, landscaping, and leveling.
  • Other restrictions: None specified
  • Cost: Subscriptions start at $13 for one month.
  • More info: Clean-Fill-Wanted.com lets you check for free to see if there are dirt-wanted sites in your area. If there are, you’ll need to sign up on Clean-Fill-Wantd.com to access the locations.

2. DirtFill.com

  • Accepted types of dirt: All types
  • Other restrictions: You must have at least 30 cubic yards of dirt to use DirtFill.com.
  • Cost: It’s free to register with DirtFill.com to find a business or location to take your dirt; fees vary by match.
  • More info: To get started, register for free on DirtFill.com.

3. Dirt Monkey

  • Accepted types of dirt: All types
  • Other restrictions: You must be a construction, excavating, or landscaping company trying to get rid of dirt; the site isn’t for individuals with extra dirt.
  • Cost: Subscriptions are $19.95 per month.
  • More info: Dirt Monkey connects people with dirt to people who need dirt. You’ll need to list how much dirt you have, the type of fill, your location, and your contact information, and someone will contact you directly if they want your dirt. To get started, sign up on Dirt Monkey’s website.

4. FreeDirt.com

  • Accepted types of dirt: All types
  • Other restrictions: None specified
  • Cost: There are no membership fees, but if you want to contact someone, you’ll need to pay $9.99 for their contact info.
  • More info: FreeDirt.com lets you post an ad for available dirt. Those who are looking for dirt will contact you directly. To post an ad, go to FreeDirt.com.

5. Junk King

6. Pacific Topsoils

  • Accepted types of dirt: Dry, uncontaminated soil
  • Other restrictions: Varies by location
  • Cost: Pacific Topsoils recycles any type of yard waste. Recycling fees vary by location; pickup fees range from $150 to $250.
  • More info: To arrange for service, call (800) 884-7645 or email sales@pacifictopsoils.com.

7. Waste Management

  • Accepted types of dirt: Construction and demolition recycling, which includes landscaping materials
  • Other restrictions: The program may not be suited for individuals; other restrictions vary by location.
  • Cost: Waste Management will help you develop a recycling program; costs vary.
  • More info: To get started, you’ll need to Request New Service and detail your needs. A Waste Management expert will contact you with an individualized plan.

Other Ways to Get Rid of Dirt

If you’re having a hard time getting rid of your dirt, here are some other options to try:

  • Contact your local waste management company. Some waste management companies will haul your dirt for free or for a fee.
  • Use your dirt for another yard project. Consider a garden, raised garden beds, leveling out a slope, etc.
  • Be a good neighbor. Ask neighbors or nearby gardeners and/or farmers if they would like to take some extra dirt off your hands.
  • Advertise your dirt online. Post your dirt on Craigslist or Freecycle. You can also try posting on a local Facebook buy/sell/trade group.

In Summary

There are various ways to get rid of excess dirt. First, check with a local landscaping or construction company to see if they want to take your dirt. If that doesn’t work out, you can register with a site like Dirt Monkey or FreeDirt.com. If all else fails, try repurposing your dirt for another yard project or offer it to a neighbor or nearby gardener/farmer.