We love skips. We also love making skip hire as stress-free as possible. If you have household waste, commercial waste or demolition waste to get rid of, we’re here to help.
Part of that means knowing what you can and can’t put in a skip. If your skip contains hazardous materials or controlled substances, we might not be able to collect it until they’re removed.
If you’re ever not sure, you can always just ask. We’re here to help our customers and it’s usually a quick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ whether you’re asking beforehand, or you’ve already had your skip delivered.
But let’s cover some of the most common items people put in skips and see what makes the ‘yes’ list and what you should not put in a skip.
What can you put in a skip?
Let’s make a positive start – skip hire is a fantastic way to get rid of a huge variety of household and commercial waste, and the vast majority of materials CAN go into a standard builder’s skip.
Some examples of materials and items we can collect in your skip include:
- General domestic/commercial waste
- Construction/demolition waste
- Furniture e.g. sofas, beds and mattresses
- Appliances and home electronics
Yes, that list includes mattresses, so there’s no need to dump them in a back alley – our London skip hire service aims to eliminate fly-tipping from the capital!
If you have a large item like a bed to get rid of, give us a call as we may be able to help with the removal process, if you’re struggling to get it into your skip single-handed.
Rubbish can be loose or bagged, so please feel free to place smaller items in black refuse sacks, which you can tie to prevent lightweight waste materials from blowing away.
There are a few general rules of thumb to keep in mind, which are related to the quantity of waste as much as to the type of materials you put in your skip:
- Don’t overfill your skip. We cannot collect skips that are overloaded, as this can be dangerous to our drivers and other road users.
- Don’t hide hazardous materials at the bottom. Again, you put people at risk if you do this and it may mean we are unable to accept you as a future customer.
- Don’t be afraid to ask. We’re here for any questions you might have, and a quick phone call is preferable to us being unable to take your full skip away.
In general if it’s ‘just’ rubbish and it’s not going to be a health hazard to anyone, it’s probably OK to put it in a skip, but it’s better to be safe than sorry if you’re not certain.
What can’t you put in a skip?
Hazardous materials should not go in a skip. That means controlled substances like asbestos, biological waste, explosives and so on – the usual suspects are just a case of using your common sense.
Don’t put liquids like paint in there, and especially not flammable liquids like oil or petrol. Empty paint containers are OK though.
Remember, we CANNOT collect your skip if it contains hazardous or restricted materials, so please check with us if there’s any doubt at all – we want to make it easy for you.
To ask us about any materials or bulky/large item collections, call or email us today. We welcome all enquiries, whether you’re an existing customer or you want to check before hiring a skip for a future project.
For all of these reasons, it’s crucial that you choose a reputable London skip hire company like No1 Junk Street, and know that our bright green and yellow skips are more than just a fashion choice!