What can I put in a skip?

What can I put in a skip?

1 June 2023

We all have that moment, when we go to put something in a skip and question if it is even allowed in one. The last thing we want is the awkward moment where the skip hire company refuses to take some of the waste. So, if you’re wondering ‘what can I put in a skip?’ you’re in the right place.

In this article, we are going to take a look at everything you can put in a skip and most importantly, everything you can’t put in a skip.

What can you put in a skip?

Knowing what waste is able to be placed in a skip can help to improve the hire process. The waste industry has a lot of legislations in place that can make management tricky, and it is not as simple as it might first appear. Hence, knowing the right stuff to put into one can help you to avoid unnecessary delays, fines, issues, and problems.

What can you put in a skip

What you can put in a skip

Here is a quick look at what you can put in a skip:

Building waste:

Construction sites make use of skips a lot. It’s one of the best methods to help deal with the waste that comes from construction sites. They’re also really common because most of the waste can go in them. Rubble, concrete, metal, wood, and more is all fine to go into a skip.

General waste:

Anything you put in your household bin can go into a skip… Unless you think putting hazardous waste into your skip is a good idea, then maybe don’t go by this rule! But, most things you find in a common household bin are acceptable to go into a skip.

This includes garden waste, carboard, plastic, wood, and other typical household waste materials. So standard household items, apart from electrical equipment, are able to go in a skip. As long as it does not have any harmful chemicals, you will be fine.

Garden waste:

Skips are commonly used on gardening jobs as they offer a great solution for garden waste. Disposing of green waste is easy when you have a skip on site, and luckily all garden waste is able to be placed into one.

What you can’t put in a skip

Here is the more important part… a list of items that can’t go into a skip.

Medical waste

For obvious reasons, we need to be careful of how we dispose of medical waste. Biological waste and clinical waste is a dangerous substance that can carry diseases and harmful bacteria that should be properly disposed of.

Skip companies cannot take the risk.

Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste is another type of waste that should not be out in a skip. Hazardous items vary but anything that can be harmful to humans or the environment, is typically seen as a hazardous form of waste. For example, asbestos can be found in older building materials, but we should be careful in how we discard of it.

Reach out to an environmental agency or you local council for the best option.

Electrical waste

Electrical waste cannot go into a skip. Because of the components that make up most electrical components, they cannot go into a typical waste setting with other waste. They need to be properly stripped and removed. So don’t put old computers into skips.

What is classified as hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste is anything that can cause harm to humans or the environment. It includes:

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals, such as brake fluid or print toner
  • Batteries
  • Solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Oils (except edible ones), such as car oil
  • Equipment containing ozone depleting substances, like fridges
  • Hazardous waste containers

Finding a skip hire company

If you have waste that can go into a skip, then you might be wondering what is the best way to hire one. Well, it depends on your situation but a lot of commercial companies benefit from a service like ours.

Here at PAL Hire, we have the largest network of hire depots in the country. Meaning we can supply a range of skip sizes all across the nation. No matter what you need, where you need it, and how you need it, we can provide it. Call our team today on 0161 482 6200