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What can you put in a skip?

Hiring a skip is an excellent and convenient way of getting rid of waste in your home. During home and garden clean or clear outs, you will realize that you have different types of waste to dispose of.

Before you embark on disposing of any waste, it is important that you understand what type of waste you can put in a skip.

What can you put in a skip?

In the UK, the items that are generally allowed to be placed in a domestic skip include:

  1. Household waste: General household items, such as furniture, toys, clothing, and non-electrical fixtures.
  2. Garden waste: Green waste, including grass clippings, leaves, branches, and plants.
  3. Construction and renovation debris: Materials from DIY projects, such as wood, bricks, tiles, plasterboard, and rubble.
  4. Inert materials: Non-reactive and non-toxic materials like concrete, sand, and soil.
  5. Metal items: Scrap metal, including old appliances, pipes, and metal furniture.
  6. Plastic and packaging materials: Empty plastic bottles, packaging materials, and containers.
  7. Non-hazardous waste: Items that are not classified as hazardous, such as non-toxic paints, non-chemical cleaning products, and non-contaminated packaging.

What can you not put in a skip?

It’s important to note that there are certain items that are prohibited from being placed in domestic skips due to safety, environmental, or legal reasons. These items typically include:

  1. Asbestos: Any materials containing asbestos, as it is hazardous and requires specialized removal and disposal.
  2. Electrical items: Fridges, freezers, TVs, computers, batteries, and other electrical appliances should not be placed in skips. They need to be recycled separately due to their potential environmental impact.
  3. Chemicals and solvents: Paints, oils, pesticides, cleaning chemicals, and other hazardous substances should not be disposed of in skips. They require proper handling and disposal at designated facilities.
  4. Gas canisters and cylinders: Propane or butane gas canisters, including those used for camping or cooking, should not be placed in skips due to the risk of explosion.
  5. Clinical or medical waste: Items such as syringes, medicines, medical equipment, and biological waste should not be disposed of in skips. They have specific regulations for safe disposal.

There are a number of regulations on what can go in a skip, and what cannot. For full details of these please visit www.nwrecycling.co.uk/skip-hire

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