What Can You Put In a Skip?

If you have excess waste, then a skip can save you time and money. Hiring a skip means you can dispose of your household and garden waste without making multiple trips to the disposal centre and dispose of your waste responsibly. There are plenty of companies around the UK that offer skip hire but at Reliable Skip we put your satisfaction and convenience above everything else. You may not know that there are certain rules and regulations surrounding what you can put in a skip.

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Restrictions – Waste You Can’t Put In A Skip

Individual companies set their own guidelines, so it’s always best to ask your local skip hire provider if you’re unsure about what to put in your skip. In some cases, you could face legal action if you place anything harmful into a skip. Here’s what you can’t put into a skip:

Used paint tins, fuels and solvents.

Paint, Solvents, and Fuels

We’re probably stating the obvious here, but paints solvents and fuels are the three big cant’s. You should never place these items into a skip because they could cause harm to others. All three are combustible, so should be disposed of properly. If someone comes into contact with them, it could cause chemical burns and other injuries. You must take paints, solvents, and fuels to a licensed disposal centre.

Medical waste, used syringes and medicine bottles

Medical Waste

Medical waste counts as bodily fluids, needles (both used or unused) and any equipment must not be placed into a skip. There are specific guidelines surrounding medical waste, and the risks it poses to people. We should protect skip operators and landfill employees against injury and infection at all times. Needles and biological waste can spread dangerous infections. For more info, contact the Department of Health.

pile of used batteries

Batteries

Most people know they cannot simply throw batteries into a bin or skip. They contain harmful substances such as lead. If they leak there can be severe consequences for individuals that come into contact with them. Landfills cannot accept batteries as waste until they’ve been thoroughly cleaned up, so it’s best to take your used batteries to an appropriate location. Places that accept used batteries include supermarkets, petrol stations and local garages.  No matter how small the battery is, you cannot put it into a skip. For more info about disposing of batteries, find your nearest centre here.

Electrical appliances

Electrical Appliances and Equipment

People always try to dispose of their electrical items in skips, but it’s strictly forbidden. Any items that may be a potential hazard much be disposed of safely. This includes all electrical goods including kitchen appliances. If it requires a battery or has a plug, then you cannot place it in the skip.

You must take all electrical equipment must be taken to a specialist centre (also known as an electric recycling point). Click here to find your nearest electrics recycling point.

Fluorescent bulbs

Fluorescent Bulbs

Like batteries, fluorescent bulbs contain harmful substances, such as mercury. If mercury vapours enter the environment, they can be toxic to individuals around them. You should contact your local authority to find out how to dispose of fluorescent bulbs.

Old asbestos requiring disposal

Asbestos

Asbestos is one of the most hazardous materials in the world, and it causes many health problems. If people are exposed to asbestos without protection, their chances of cancer and lung disease increase. If you have asbestos contact a specialist removal company.

Stack of old gas cylinders for recycling

Gas Cylinders

You might think your gas cylinder is empty, but there’s always some residue left behind. Gas is flammable, so you should always take cylinders to a specialist centre. Most gas suppliers will take your used cylinders. If you call the manufacturer, they will be able to advise where to dispose of it. In some cases, you may be able to sell to a specialist who re-uses them.

Various items to go in a skip

Other Items

If you have an item that isn’t on this list but you’re unsure about it, then it’s best to contact your local council for more advice. Skip hire companies have their own regulations, and they’ll be able to explain which items they’ll accept. While there are some restrictions about what you can put into a skip, they’re still useful tools for disposing of excess waste.

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While there are some restrictions about what you can put into a skip, they’re still one of the most convenient ways of disposing waste. If you’re undertaking a renovation project or clearing out a property, skips save you a lot of time and prevent injury from debris lying around. You can also use them to remove garden waste and household furniture.

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