What can you put in a skip and what can’t you put in a skip?

Sometimes it can be a bit tricky, knowing what can you put in a skip and what can’t you put in a skip- especially if this is your first time using a skip. Sometimes not understanding skip jargon like ‘WEEE waste’ can also send you into confusion. In reality, there’s only a few things you cannot put in a skip and we find that people often have good instincts about items that can’t go in a skip. Don’t worry if you’re unsure- read on for more information.

What can’t you put in a skip?

In essence, what can’t you put in a skip revolves around toxic or hazardous waste- with a few exceptions. The bottom line is, what does your instinct tell you? If you’re unsure, then you’re probably right. If you still don’t know- don’t worry. We will cover everything you cannot put in a skip in this list, before going onto what you can put in a skip! 

  • Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury and should never be placed in a skip. This is because mercury is a toxic liquid, harmful to animals and humans.
  • Batteries can contain lead- which is poisonous and must be disposed of at a recycling centre instead. To make it easier, there is often a collection box at the supermarket. 
  • WEEE waste (electrical equipment) cannot go into a skip. This includes fridges, microwaves, dishwashers, hairdryers, TV’s and more. In order to dispose of these correctly, take them to a local recycling centre. 
  • Tyres– Tyres cannot go in a skip, you have to contact the tyre recovery organisation and take it to the nearest tyre collection firm. As an easier option, you can ask your tyre fitter to dispose of it for you. Alternatively, if you’re a DIY sort of person, you can use the tyre as plant pots or for other household purposes. 
  • You cannot put medical waste in a skip including needles as they can be harmful to the skip operators, you can ask your council if there’s a licenced medical waste disposal company near you. 
  • Fuel, solvents and paints– Paints can be toxic and harmful to the environment/
  • Asbestos– any materials containing asbestos need to be disposed of with a licenced asbestos removal centre as asbestos cannot be recycled. 
  • Gas cylinders- If you can reuse the gas cylinder, take it to a store where they can refill or reuse it or look for a company that specialises in recycling and disposal of them. 
  • Plasterboard gives off harmful gases and can be harmful to the environment. It’s best to find a recycling plant for plasterboard. 

What can you put in a skip?

Okay so we’ve gone through all the items that cannot be placed in a skip- what can you put in a skip? As a rule of thumb, if what you have isn’t in the list of ‘what can’t you put in a skip’ the likelihood is that it will be fine to go in a skip. For your peace of mind though, we have also compiled a list of things that can be put in a skip for each room. 

  • Living room- Furniture
  • Bathroom- Fixtures and tiles
  • Kitchen- Gas cooker and fittings 
  • Bedroom- Carpet and mattress 
  • Garage- wood 
  • Outdoors- Tree/hedge trimmings, bricks, soil and rubble

We hope you enjoyed our blog on ‘What can you put in a skip and what can’t you put in a skip’. If you have a cluttered household and need a big change, take a look at No.1 Junk Street. We are a skip hire and waste disposal company.

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