Help with types of Waste for Skips and Roll on Roll of Containers

Help with types of Waste for Skips and Roll on Roll off Containers

18 July 2019

A handy waste guide for business

What can I put in a skip? What waste do you process? Here is a smart guide to what you can put in a skip or Roll on Roll off container. Our focus is on commercial and trade waste. If you are buying in waste management services from PAL Hire (or any skip and waste service provider). There some good tips to help you avoid additional costs.

  1. Quantify your waste
  2. Correctly grade your waste
  3. What is the waste
  4. Who is responsible for your waste
  5. Does the service meet your CSR objectives?
Do not put these items in a skip

Contact our team for options. Or download the PDF Guide (262kb)

What is not allowed in skips and RORO containers?

The list is not endless, but we have 24 types of waste which are prohibited. That is an important word. Prohibition of these items only stems to the fact that in a mixed waste container, these items are prohibited. As with every type of waste, there is always a solution for your waste items. Now we have that at out of the way – you need to know that you can still seek our advice for waste services as we have experience in providing specialist waste for most of these categories.

Why are these items on the list?

When you carry out any form of construction, demolition or refit. There invariably is going to be waste materials. Depending on the history of the site you are working at, the legacy of building regulations of a past era are ever present. After all, this is what development and progress is about.

In the past it may have been deemed a great idea to use materials in buildings which have desirable properties. The fire retardation properties of Asbestos would have seemed a miracle building product. Pumping those fibres into cavities, creating light weight asbestos corrugated roofs, or even lagging boilers and cisterns with asbestos based putty was all the rage. But at that stage the health issues were just not known. Most experienced construction firms know what to look for when taking on a refurbishment contract. The asbestos risk remains in buildings up to the 2000’s this represents danger to the public, works and the immediate environment. Asbestos is an obvious and widely reported and known material known to have health implications. Here are some other items and their reasons for being on the list:

  • Batteries – Liable to Explode or Leak causing grave environmental damage
  • Bio Waste – This could be any material that contains a bio-hazardous agent – risk of injury or infection issues
  • Plasterboard – Gypsum causes upper respiratory system issues
  • Corrosive Liquids – Harmful to the environment and carrier
  • Diesel and Fuels – Dangerous to ecology and potential risk of fire / explosion
  • Toxic Waste – Acids, Spoil Water from Manufacturing Processes or similar can have an acute effect on the environment

Corporate Social Responsibilities

Your business CSR policy should help you guide you in the right direction when commissioning waste management. We are constantly impressed by the level of control our corporate clients expect form the treatment of the waste they create. Regardless of the point of origin of the waste, our clients are more and more bound to enquire about disposal or waste and volumes. This level of CSR is only likely to continue over the next decade.

What waste can we process then?

In short, the answer is all of it. All the waste your business creates can be managed for you. But the items prohibited from our skips fall into categories where more specialist handling and recovery is required. There are items on the list that can be recycled, or precious metals extracted for future use, other items such as plasterboard – which can become recycled gypsum. Specialist waste comes at a cost.

Why does specialist waste management cost more?

There is a common misconception that activities to recover precious metals from discarded appliances, or unwanted computers, screens and monitors. Results in enough money to warrant free or lower waste rates. This is not the case – regardless of your waste activities. The collection of your waste costs money. Before processing happens, recovery must happen and then the collection and transportation. It all costs time and money. The more specialist the recovery process the higher the cost.
Correct segregation of your waste before disposal can save 66% on waste. As discovered by a UK corporate entity when they carried out an 18-month programme of works.


We have prepared a hand PDF which details the sizes of waste container that can be hired readily from PAL Hire download the Commercial Skip Hire Guide (PDF 236 Kb).
Advice on types of waste can be obtained from our team of professionals. Give us a call for friendly advice.