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What can’t be put into a skip?

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    Posted on 26th August 2017 by Hintons

    When dealing with a clearance project – whatever the size – you’ll be eager to quickly clear away as much as possible. But while a skip is a great destination for a diverse selection of waste, there are somethings that you simply can’t put into a skip.

    To save you precious time – and to make sure your skip hire goes smoothly from start to finish – we’ve put together this list of items that cannot be disposed of in a skip. Keep these in mind during your clear out.

    What can’t be put into a skip?

    Electrical equipment


    icons of electrical equipment that you can put in a skip

    Before you chuck out your old TVs and electrical kitchen appliances, remember the WEEE (The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive. WEEE recycling is the only way you should be disposing of your old electronics, and you can find out more about that service here. Don’t throw the following items into a skip:

    • Fridges
    • Toasters
    • Microwaves
    • Electric cookers and fans
    • Televisions
    • Telephones
    • Computer screens and towers
    • Fax machines
    • Printers and scanners


    icons of liquids that can't be put in a skip

    Technically hazardous waste, the liquids below should not be disposed of in a skip. Instead, you should take any oils or liquid waste to your local recycling facility. You can throw away old oil containers, as long as the oil has been completely emptied out. Liquids you can’t put into a skip include:

    • Hydraulic oil
    • Engine oil – petrol or diesel
    • Cooking oil
    • Medical waste

    Solvents and chemicals

    icons of solvents you can't put in a skip

    These compounds are also classed as hazardous and therefore cannot be put into a standard skip. You should arrange for a licensed hazardous waste contractor to dispose of the following items separately:

    • Paints – or paint tins which still have paint left in them
    • Glue
    • Bleach
    • Detergent
    • Processing fluids
    • White spirits
    • Herbicides


    icons of miscellaneous items that can't go in a skip

    • Batteries (household or vehicle)
    • Tyres
    • Plasterboard
    • Gas cylinders
    • Asbestos

    What can I put into a skip?

    For the complete picture, make sure to check exactly what you can put into a skip. Having this divide clear in your head before you begin the disposal process means you’ll minimise time wasted or potential issues with your skip hire.

    It’s also always worth remembering that, once you know exactly what you are and aren’t putting in your skip, you need to hire the right size of skip for your needs. A common mistake is not figuring out what size of skip is needed for the total amount of waste you’re throwing away. Hiring a skip too small means you’ll waste time and money sorting out a second skip, while hiring one too large means you’ve wasted cash when something smaller would have done. If you need any advice on the most appropriate skip size for your needs, just get in touch with your expert skip supplier.

    Once you know what you can and cant put into a skip, its time to find the right skip for your project. At Hintons Grabs and Skip Hire, we deliver a diverse range of skip sizes directly to you. With same day delivery available and a complete commitment to customer service, we are sure to help you find exactly what youre looking for. To find out more, simply contact our friendly team today.


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