What can I put in a skip?
You can put almost anything into a skip but you can’t put in any:
- Oil, petrol or diesel
- Paint and cans of paint
- Fluorescent tubes
- Gas canisters and gas bottles
- Electrical appliances and equipment
- Televisions and computer screens
- Fridges, freezers and air conditioning units
- Hazardous and toxic materials
- Clinical or medical waste, including syringes
In addition, you can’t put heavy commercial waste – such as bricks, hardcore, concrete, rubble or soil – into a maxi (12 cubic yards or 12 tonnes) skip. That’s because the skip – when full - plus the weight of the skip lorry would exceed the vehicle’s legal weight limit.
There are, however, other – legal and safe – ways to dispose of these things. For example:
- All asbestos must be removed by a specialist asbestos removal contractor.
- All waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) needs to be taken to a registered WEEE recycling facility and can’t be mixed with other general waste.
- Put batteries in battery recycling boxes at your local supermarket or petrol station, or search the internet for your closest battery recycling centre.
- A local garage might be able to help you if you have an unwanted car battery.
- If you have a gas cylinder to get rid of, you could contact the company that it and see if they’ll collect and recycle it.
- Medical waste - anything from used or unused needles to biological waste - needs special treatment. You need to contact the Department of Health for guidance on the proper disposal methods for medical waste.
- Plasterboard and gypsum waste needs to be taken to specialised recycling plants.
- Paint, solvents, liquids, fuel and fluorescent lighting tubes require proper, licensed disposal, and must be taken to waste plants authorised to deal with them.
You can get advice, guidance and practical help on all of this from Waste King on:
Freephone: 0800 141 2778 or, from a mobile, call 01442 210034.