What Can’t You Put in a Skip?  

At James Waste, we hire out skips and we get a lot of calls from customers regarding skip hire – namely, what they can’t put in a skip. Although there is almost a limited list of materials you can throw into a skip, there are many things that must be disposed of in a specific way. So, we thought we would answer the age-old question of what you can put in a skip and what you really, really can’t. Some of the items may surprise you!

All Electrical Appliances

Electrical Plug

Many people attempt to throw their electric appliances into our skips. However, we do not accept any electrical appliances. These items are considered to be Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment and must be recycled by your local electric recycling point. Some of the restricted electrical appliances include, fridges, freezers, computers, televisions and dishwashers – basically any item that uses a battery or a plug for power.

Do Not Throw Batteries into Our Skips


The skips at James Waste do not accept batteries, this includes car batteries.  Batteries are hazardous waste because they are full of harmful chemicals such as lead. They could leak, causing danger in the waste disposal process.

Batteries cannot be disposed of in landfill sites without going through an extensive clean-up process. However, there are numerous garages, recycling centres and scrap metal facilities which will happily dispose of your batteries or car battery for you.

Fluorescent Bulbs

Fluorescent Bulb

Fluorescent bulbs, like batteries, are hazardous waste items and mustn’t be placed into any of our skips. Fluorescent bulbs are particularly dangerous because they contain harmful chemicals such as mercury. If damaged, the mercury and other chemicals release toxic vapours into the environment. It is advisable to call your local council for advice on where and how to dispose of fluorescent bulbs safely.

Do Not Put Asbestos into Our Skips


Asbestos is an extremely hazardous material. Items or materials that contain asbestos should never be placed into our skips, or any skips for that matter because it can cause cancer and other diseases. To remove asbestos or materials that contain asbestos from your property, you should hire an asbestos removal contractor.

Getting Rid of Plasterboard


Many people do not realise that plasterboard is one of those items that should not be placed in a skip. You may think there is nothing particularly harmful about plasterboard but the Environment Agency has researched it thoroughly and discovered that it gives off a hydrogen sulphide gas, when mixed with sulphate-based waste materials, which is very harmful. To remove plasterboard from your property, you can buy designated bags commonly used for this purpose that keep the material separate from other waste.

Gas Canisters

Gas Canisters

It doesn’t matter if the gas cylinders you want to dispose of are empty, half full or completely full, they cannot be disposed of in skips. This is because they often have residue left in them that is hazardous. Gas cylinders can be taken to your local authority to be recycled. Alternatively, you can return your gas cylinders to most gas suppliers who will happily take them of your hands to be re-used.

Vehicle Tyres

Car Tyres

Disposing of old tyres is common. Your car may have just had a service, or the tyre swing in your back garden may have run its course and the skip sitting in your driveway may be calling your name as an easy disposal option. Don’t do it. Tyres, old or new, should not be thrown into a skip as they are considered hazardous waste. You must take them to your local car garage or tyre disposal company to have them dispose of it for you.

Fuel, Solvents and Paints – the Three No-no’s!

Paint Tins

These three materials are particularly dangerous additions to skips as they contain harmful chemicals and are combustible, with the potential to cause severe chemical burns. To rid your property of these three materials, you must take them to a licenced disposal centre.

Medical Waste 

Medical Waste

Medical waste requires specialised disposal and must not, under any circumstances, be placed into a skip. Medical waste consists of all biological waste and needles. These items can pose a dangerous threat to skip operators and require appropriate disposal.

Have You Got an Item That’s Not on this List? Call Us Today!

If you need to dispose of items that we haven’t mentioned on this list and you’re not sure what to do with, call us today and we can advise you. Whatever you are hiring one of our skips for, make sure you know what can and can’t be put in it. You are responsible for making sure you don’t include any of the prohibited items on this list. Furthermore, it is against the law to mix hazardous waste, so always be certain you know what you’re throwing away before it goes into the skip!

For further information, please feel free to call us today! Our friendly and professional staff are always available to answer any questions you may have and help assist you in the skip hire process.

Author: Ben Taylor

Eco Warrior! Recycling Buff! Owner of James Waste Management LLP, UK recycling over 90% of waste.

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