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What Can I Put in My Skip?

Posted on by One Waste Team

Skips are useful for clearing out the home or a commercial property, and have the added benefit of being available in a range of sizes, meaning there will always be one suitable for projects of any scale (up to a certain point!).

If you’re hiring a skip for the first time, it’s important to know exactly what can – and what cannot – be placed into the skip for disposal.

What can go in my skip?

Skips are ideal for a building renovation where you will have large quantities of waste to clear out. They are meant for general waste items such as wood, metal, and builders waste such as bricks, tiles, concrete and soil. Vegetation can also be put into skips – the main exception is any hazardous items that could compromise health and safety.

What can’t go in the skip?

Skips cannot be used for hazardous materials that could pose a health and safety risk to those handling the items. Some of these materials may seem obvious, but you may be surprised by some items that are prohibited from being placed in skips. These include:

  • TVs and computer monitors – You can arrange the proper disposal of these items with your local council
  • Fridges – Fridges and freezers should be taken to your local tip, or you can pay for a specialist collection service
  • Microwaves
  • Toasters
  • Chemicals, solvents and oils – Chemical liquids can pose a big safety and fire risk to the surrounding area, so the proper steps should be taken to dispose of these
  • Petrol, diesel, explosives and batteries
  • Tyres
  • Paint and paint tins (unless completely clean)
  • Plasterboard
  • Asbestos – If you need to dispose of asbestos, you should use the services of a professional asbestos removal company to reduce the risk of harm to you and people in the surrounding area

Hazardous waste needs to be disposed of in specific ways, so is not suitable for skips that will go to landfill sites. If you are unsure whether your items can be put in your skip, contact our team who can advise you.

We have years of experience in providing a range of waste disposal solutions here at One Waste Clearance, including skip hire to the London area.

We offer a range of skip types and sizes to suit all projects, with a flexible delivery and collection service that can be tailored to fit around busy schedules. For more information about the services we offer, or more advice on whether a skip is the suitable option for you, simply contact our friendly team today – we’ll be happy to help you.

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