What can and can’t go in a skip?

Skips are an easy way to store a diverse range of waste in one place on your property, with prompt delivery and collection making them a highly convenient option.

While a varied assortment of material types can safely be put into a skip, there are some which are not allowed to enter a skip and should be disposed of separately. This is because these prohibited materials are hazardous, dangerous or could potentially contaminate other waste.

To make things clearer, here’s our simple list of what you can and can’t put into a skip.

What can go in a skip?

Skips are convenient options to discard a variety of waste types, with a high percentage of the waste going to recycling. Whether you’re launching a large-scale construction project or dabbling in DIY at home, here is a list of the items generally accepted by most skip companies:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Food packaging & domestic waste
  • Ceramics & tiling
  • Cardboard & paper
  • Garden waste (leaves, soil, furniture)
  • Plastics
  • Sofas, chairs, carpets
  • Rubble, stones & bricks
  • Concrete
  • Non-electric fixtures
  • Solidified paint
  • Clothes & fabrics

What can’t go in a skip?

Some items require special treatment and cannot be put into a skip with other types of waste – this is because they may contaminate the rest of the waste, cause environmental issues, be harmful to human health or may simply be dangerous to handle and transport. It’s important to contact your skip hire company of choice to establish the full list of items they will not accept. Here is a list of widely forbidden items for skips:

  • Asbestos
  • Freezers/fridges
  • Liquids & chemicals
  • Mattresses
  • Batteries
  • Solvents (e.g. glue or liquid paint)
  • Compressed gas containers (full or empty)
  • Plasterboard
  • Electrical items
  • Hazardous waste
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Medical waste
  • Fuels & explosives
  • Tyres

Hopefully, you’re now clued up as to which items can be discarded in a skip safely and which require special disposal. With this information, you’re equipped with the knowledge to book a skip for your commercial or domestic waste needs.

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