What can I put in a skip?

What can I put in a skip?

Written by Deepak Bhagat, In Business, Published On
November 11, 2022

Whether you’re undertaking some renovations in your home, clearing out your loft, or giving your garden a much-needed spruce-up, skip-hire can save you the hassle of making numerous trips to the recycling center.

You may think that skips can be used for absolutely anything you like. And whilst it’s true that the vast majority of waste can safely and legally be discarded in a skip, there are certain restrictions that you need to bear in mind.

In this blog, we’ll discuss what you can and can’t use skip hire Chorley for, as well as what may happen if you put prohibited items in your skip.

Can you put anything in a skip?

The waste that comes as a result of most gardening or DIY projects will be perfectly fine to put in a skip. For clarity, here’s a list of permitted items.

Garden waste – Grass, branches, tree trunks, and broken decking can all go straight into your skip.

Bricks and rubble – Aside from anything containing asbestos, skip hiring Chorley can be used for all types of bricks and rubble resulting from building projects.

Metals – You can use skip-hire Chorley for all kinds of scrap metal, with the exception of electrical appliances.

Plastic and wood – All types of wood and plastic can be placed in your skip, again with the exception of electrical appliances.

Furniture – Got an old sofa, a broken dining table, or a patio set that’s seen better days? Into the skip, it goes.

Soil – With the exception of contaminated soil, you can use skip-hire Chorley for all types of soil, gravel, and sand.

Non-electrical appliances – Sinks and loos can go straight into your skip without any problems.

General domestic waste – Anything you would normally put in your domestic waste can be placed in your skip, no questions asked.

Anything else that’s not prohibited – There are so many items in the average UK home that it would be impossible to list everything. As a general rule of thumb, if it’s not on the list of prohibited items, you should be fine to chuck it in the skip.

prohibited items In The Skip

For health and safety reasons, there are several things that should not be placed in a domestic skip. These include:

  • Asbestos
  • Medical waste
  • Chemical waste
  • Petrol
  • Diesel
  • Oil
  • Tires
  • Plasterboard
  • Gypsum waste
  • Paint cans
  • Fluorescent lighting tubes
  • Batteries
  • Pressurized cylinders
  • White goods (i.e. fridges, freezers, and dishwashers)
  • Other electrical appliances

Some local authorities can recycle a few of the items on the list above, but you should always check with them before using skip hire Chorley to dispose of these.

Consequences of using skip hire Chorley for prohibited items

If you place prohibited items in your skip, there’s a good chance that the skip hire company will refuse to move them. Alternatively, they could issue a fine to cover the cost of disposing of these items.

In extreme cases, placing hazardous items in a domestic skip can result in criminal prosecution. That’s why it’s important to check the list above before using skip-hire Chorley to recycle your waste.

Hire a skip in Chorley today

With 2-yard, 4-yard, and 8-yard skips available, Bolton Skip Hire has a solution for every domestic project, making it easy for you to dispose of your waste.

Get in touch with their helpful team today by calling 01204 383737. Alternatively, send them a message using their online contact form for a swift and well-informed response.

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