What can I put in a skip?

Grace Harper
Jul 27, 2020 5:30:00 PM

Although you can put almost anything in a skip, there are exceptions, which is why we have put together this helpful guide outlining the do's and don't of what you can put in a skip.

First and foremost we have a duty of care to ensure the safety of our employees, so the first big restriction is for hazardous waste. Hazardous waste needs to be removed in a safe and responsible way. It is our responsibility to ensure that hazardous waste removal can not effect the environment, and the people around it.

So what items are considered hazardous waste?

Dunmow Group can collect the following hazardous waste products:

However, if you’re throwing away any of the above you must call our dedicated sales team directly so we can arrange a suitable collection to ensure the safety of you and our team.


What other items are unsuitable for skips?

Another question our sales team get asked a lot is whether our customers can throw away electrical items in skips. Unfortunately you are unable to throw out electrical items into our skips, we do offer a waste collection service where we can come and collect these items for you and take them to a registered WEEE recycling centre.

We do not accept the following electrical items in our skips:

  • Fridge/Freezers

What about mattresses?

If you’re looking to throw away old mattresses we would most likely suggest that you use our Waste Collection Service, as this will be a quicker and more efficient way to remove these from your property.

What can I put in a skip?

Dunmow Group accept household items to be thrown into one of our skips, more specifically please find a list below:

  • Wood
  • Tiles
  • Plaster
  • Furniture
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Garden waste
  • Clothes
  • Dishwashers
  • Televisions

We will also accept heavier construction materials such as:

  • Bricks
  • Concrete
  • Metals
  • Pottery and clay
  • Rubble and stone

Why else might we refuse collection of your skip?

Another thing we ask our customers to please bare in mind when ordering a skip with us, is to ensure that the skip isn’t overloaded. We ask that the waste put into the skips are a level load, meaning the waste doesn’t pile up high over the skip. If one of our drivers arrive to collect the skip and it is overloaded we will not be able to remove the skip from the property. This is to ensure the safety of our skip drivers and other drivers on the road.  Below is a great example of how "NOT" to load one of our skips.


Still unsure as to whether your waste can be put in our skips?

If any of your items haven’t been listed above, or you would like further clarification, then please do not hesitate to give our dedicated skip hire team a call who will be answer any questions you may have. They may even suggest using our waste collection service for your waste removal needs.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01245 466646 to answer any questions your might have.

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