A skip is the most excellent solution for someone looking at getting rid of waste from their home. When cleaning or clearing out your garden, you will realize that there are different kinds of waste you need to dispose of.

Most people hire skips without checking if their waste qualifies to be loaded into a skip. Before embarking on rubbish disposal, familiarize yourself with skip hire’s restrictions to know what you can put in a skip, and what you can’t.

Can you put anything in a skip?

No, not everything can be put in a skip. Skip hire companies only allow harmless items in their skips. Other harmful and hazardous items are either recycled or removed by local council waste collectors.

Types of waste allowed in a skip

There are numerous skip hire companies in the market that allow almost all types of rubbish in their skips. Generally, the waste items you can put in a skip are considered safe for both people and the environment.

Here's a list of allowed items:

  • Metal, Rubble, Soil and Bricks
  • Furniture
  • Garden waste such as clippings and leaves
  • Gas cookers
  • Plastic bags, Polystyrene and  Cardboard
  • Domestic waste, empty tins and food packaging
  • Non-electrical fittings

Before hiring a skip, discuss with the skip hire company to determine if your waste is allowed in their skip. If it isn’t, you can contact your local council waste collectors to avoid extra costs that accompany the violations of skip hire companies’ restriction.

Things you can’t put in a skip

Generally, you can’t put harmful or hazardous items in a skip. When hiring a skip, it’s essential to establish which items fall under this category.

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If the skip hire company finds restricted items in their skip, they can charge you extra money for the correct waste disposal, or even refuse to pick their skip from your driveway.

Here is a list of items that should never find their way into a skip:

  • Electrical equipment - Some restricted electrical equipment and appliances include fridges, microwaves, electric cookers, freezers, televisions, dishwashers and computers. You can’t load these items in a skip. Instead, you can take them to a recycling centre or call your local council to collect them.
  • Batteries - Large batteries contain hazardous chemicals such as lead; thus, they are not allowed in skips. They are recyclable, and you can put them in collection boxes to be taken to a recycling centre.
  • Fluorescent bulbs - These bulbs contain mercury and other harmful materials; thus, you can’t put them in a skip. Take them to a recycling centre or call your local council to guide you on how to dispose it of.
  • Asbestos - They are highly hazardous and can cause critical conditions such as cancer. You shouldn’t put them in a skip; neither should you take them for reuse or recycling. If you want to dispose them of, call an asbestos removal contractor.

Additional banned items:

  • Plasterboard
  • Medical waste
  • Gas cylinders
  • Tyres
  • Paints, solvents and fuel

Precisely, you shouldn’t put any item that’s harmful to both people and the environment in a skip. If you violate this restriction, the skip hire firm may charge you extra money or refuse to take the skip from your property.