I have dirt from an old burn pile that I need disposed of. I want to refill the area with fresh soil so I can plant grass seed. The dirt I want removed has wood chips, nails, and rocks.

Does anyone have recommendations? I don't think the transfer station will take it, but I'm looking for some kind of public service that's cheap or free. I don't know many farm owners, and don't want to ask about dumping on their land.


  • Why exactly do you think the pile has to be disposed of? What contaminants are you worried about? – Graham Chiu Mar 31 '18 at 3:29
  • @GrahamChiu I just want healthy soil is all. It was a burn pit and it has metal in it, in addition to other things like random wood chips and rocks (it was surrounded by large rocks which broke over the years). I'd like to just dig 2-3 inches down and back fill it with just topsoil. – hack3rfx Mar 31 '18 at 3:45
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    All dirt is from rocks which have weathered in time, or were worn down by glacial movement. Wood chips will degrade and it's common for some to use them as a mulch. Iron will add iron to the soil. Why don't you just remove the larger rocks and large metal bits and then supplement with some more topsoil if you need it? – Graham Chiu Mar 31 '18 at 3:53
  • @GrahamChiu Your points are all very valid. I just fear that it will be unattractive compared to the rest of my yard. I guess I just figured it would be easier to dispose of the top layer I have now, and replace it with clean soil. Around the fire pit "hole" is a mound of this "nasty" soil. Even if I use it to fill the hole, I don't know that I'll have room left over to lay another "clean" layer of dirt down. – hack3rfx Mar 31 '18 at 3:56

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