What Can You Put In A Skip?

Charlotte Fox
Aug 25, 2021 3:58:05 PM

The Rules of Skip Hire.

If you have hired or thinking about hiring a skip from us, it's important you think about what type of waste you are disposing of, which is why we have put together this helpful guide outlining the do's and don'ts of skip hire.

What items are unsuitable for skips?

Non-permitted waste:

  • WEEE Waste (electrical items)
  • Mattresses of all sizes
  • Commercial and domestic fridges and freezers
  • All types of tyres
  • Oil-based paint tins with residue
  • TV and computer monitors
  • Petrol or Diesel
  • Aerosol cans
  • Household or garden chemical
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Treated timber railway sleepers or telegraph poles
  • Offensive waste

Non-permitted Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) waste:

No household or commercial seating (including sofas, sofa beds, armchairs, kitchen/dining room chairs, stools/footstools, home office chairs, futons, bean bags, floor/sofa cushion chairs) that include a textile, upholstered or foam components are allowed to be placed into the skip. If you want to remove any of the above items then please call the bookings team on 01245 466646 to arrange a separate collection.

So what items are considered hazardous waste?

Although you can put almost anything in a skip, there are exceptions including some hazardous items. First and foremost we have a duty of care to ensure the safety of our employees, hazardous waste need to be removed in a safe and responsible way. It is our responsibility to ensure that any items that are disposed of can not affect the environment or people around it. 


Batteries | Oil-based paint  | Petrol | Asbestos | Grease Products


Gas Bottles | Chemicals | Aerosol Cans | Fluorescent Tubes | Ozone 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. You can book to have your mattress removed through our online booking platform.



So, what can you put into a skip?

We do however 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

How much can i put into my skip?

Another thing we ask our customers to please bear 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 arrives 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 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 you might have.

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