Whether you’re renovating your garden, having building work done on your house or simply having an in-depth clear out, contacting a skip bin hire can save you a frustratingly large number of trips to the tip. So, what can you put in a skip? As a general rule, you can put pretty much anything into a skip except hazardous items. So then, what can’t you put into a skip?
Laws on waste disposal vary slightly from council to council, but in general it is against the law to dispose of the below items in a skip bin:
Prohibited items – What items can’t you put in a skip?
- Hazards – You cannot put hazardous or harmful items into a skip. These include but are not limited to TVs, computer monitors, asbestos, tires, fluorescent tubes, fridges, paint and paint tins (unless empty), plasterboard, batteries, medical waste, gas cylinders, electrical equipment, liquids, solvents, oil, petrol, diesel and explosives.
- Paint tins – Can you put paint tins in a skip? No, you can’t put paint tins in a skip unless they are completely empty. If you have tins with paint inside, contact your local council for disposal advice.
- Human/Animal waste – as it is toxic in landfill and unsafe for skip bin staff that are unloading and sorting the waste.
- Mattresses – Is it OK to put a mattress in a skip? Mattresses have to be disposed of differently to general waste. Skip prices shown on loveskips.com are for general waste only, and do not include mattresses. If you put a mattress into your skip, you will be charged extra at the time of collection to cover the skip operator’s additional costs. Prices vary by postcode, so please contact us in advance if you would like to know the exact supplement that will be charged per mattress.
- Plasterboard – Why can’t you put plasterboard in a skip? Legislation covering plasterboard or gypsum waste, states that it must be separated from other general waste. This would not be possible if it was received in a mixed skip load, therefore we cannot accept plasterboard in any of our skips.
- Tires – Can you put tires in a skip? Tires cannot be put in skips because they must be disposed of in a different way to general waste.
- Soil and rubble – Can you put soil or rubble in a skip? Yes, you can put soil or rubble in a skip but you must tell us at the time of booking your skip.
- Electrical items – Can you put electrical equipment in skips? No, electrical equipment cannot be but, in our skips, as it is controlled by the WEEE directive. Contact your local council or if you have bought a new item, check to see if the store offers a trade in service for your old item.
- Fridges and Freezers – Can you put fridges in skips? Generally, you cannot put a fridge or skips. Some councils offer a free collection service for refrigeration units, otherwise you may have to take it to your local tip or pay for a specialist collection.
- TV and CRTs – Can you put an old TV in a skip? No, televisions or computer monitors cannot be put in skips. Please contact your local council to arrange disposal.
- Asbestos – Can you put asbestos in a skip? You cannot put asbestos in a standard skip and it cannot be re-used or recycled under any circumstances. If you have asbestos or other hazardous materials you should contact a waste company that specializes in dealing with hazardous waste.
What happens if prohibited waste is found in a customer’s skip on/after collection?
Again, regulations will vary from place to place. However, there are generally two possible repercussions if prohibited waste is found in your skip after collection:
- The entire waste load may be taken back to your home to be resorted by you.
- If hazardous material were found in the skip and needed to be dealt with by specialists, your skip provider will need to transport the skip to another disposal site and the additional charges would be imposed on the customer.
Be sure not overfill your skip and ask your skip bin company about recyclable items, as this could potentially save you money on disposal.