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What Can You Put in a Skip? Your Waste Disposal Guide

Posted on by A & A Skip Hire

Whether you’re renovating your garden, having building work done on your house or simply having an in-depth clear out, hiring a skip saves you a frustratingly large number of trips to the tip. Read on below for our waste disposal guide answering a key question we get asked – what can you put in a skip?

What Can You Put in a Skip?

What you can put in a skip includes most building materials, natural waste, woods & plastics, and non-electrical appliances.

  • bricks Bricks & Rubble
  • magnet Metals
  • hammer Wood
  • sofa Furniture
  • computer-screen Electrical Goods (WEEE)
  • plastic Plastics
  • box General Packaging
  • tree Domestic Waste (non-toxic)
  • soil Soil (non-contaminated)
  • battery Batteries
  • fridge White Goods i.e. cookers, ovens
  • paint Old Paint Cans
  • aerosol Pressurised Cylinders

What Can’t You Put in a Skip?

What you can’t put in a skip includes appliances, paint, diesel, petrol & oil, chemical waste and pressurised cylinders.

  • fridge Fridges / Freezers
  • light Fluorescent Tubes
  • skull Asbestos
  • oil Petrol / Diesel / Oil
  • toxic Chemical Waste
  • tyre Tyres
  • food-waste Food Waste

Are There Regulations I Should Be Aware Of?

Generally, these rules apply everywhere in the UK but there could be some local differences where exceptions are made. This could be on the basis that some local authorities may have the ability to process waste that others don’t have.

Our team are more than happy to advise you on a case-by-case basis, just drop us an email; the resources below are also particularly useful, so we’d recommend clicking and giving them a read!

Useful Resources

The Builders’ Skips (Markings) Regulations 1984.
City of London Waste & Recycling.
Essex County Council.
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) skip hire advice.
HSE downloadable waste disposal document.


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