Hiring a skip may be daunting if you have not done it before. If you’re having work done at home or undergoing a spring clean, the best option for you may be skip hire. After working out all of the logistics that comes with skip hire, such as which size you need, it is then time for it to be delivered and filled. Presuming what can go in a skip could work out to be dangerous if you put something in that cannot be put in there. 

What can I put in a skip? 

Generally, you can put basically anything in a skip, such as when you’re getting rid of garden waste or having a household clearout, so materials such as grass trimmings, bricks, and packing to name a few. You are not able to put in hazardous items, as most of these need to be disposed of in a different, specialised way. 

Here are some examples of items which can be safely put in your skip:

line of old gas canisters

What is classed as a hazardous item? 

You cannot put hazardous or harmful items into a skip. These are items that, according to waste disposal rules, contain materials that are harmful to wildlife or humans, or have the potential to damage the machinery which disposes of them. Hazardous items may vary depending on the skip hire company

Some skip hire companies may offer to dispose of hazardous items for you, but you will need to let them know this ahead of time for them to be able to give you an accurate quote. This is because your local authorities may have different requirements, locations, and fees for disposing of these items.

Here at Stone UK we can dispose of the following hazardous items if you let us know at the time of booking your skip:

Pile of old used tyres

Can you put tyres in a skip?

No, as usually tyre disposal is too large and heavy for skip hire facilities to handle. However at Stone UK we can dispose of tyres for you if you let us know at the time of booking. 

The UK throws away over 55 million tyres a year, with many of them illegally dumped instead of properly disposed of. Instead you can give them to your local play park or zoo to be repurposed, turn them into planters to home your flowers and plants, pay a small fee for your local car garage to recycle them, or take them to a local recycling centre which accepts tyres. 

Can you put electrical items in a skip?

No you cannot. These electrical items include microwaves, electric cookers, dishwashers, televisions, and computers. The reason behind this is due to the risk to wildlife. Instead take them to a registered Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling centre in your area. 

If the appliances are still in good working order, you can give them to someone in need or sell them on a local marketplace. Another option would be returning it to the manufacturer, as since 2007 in the UK, there has been a law that manufacturers are responsible for the recycling of their products, offering “take back schemes” and recycling schemes.

Can you put a fridge in a skip?

No, neither a fridge nor a freezer can be put in a skip due to the refrigerant gases – fluorinated hydrocarbons or “Freons” – they contain. This Freon chemical is a tasteless and odorless gas which can prevent oxygen entering the lungs. This is why it is important to dispose of these appliances properly. Giving a fridge or freezer to someone in need will always be the best option as it is the best eco-friendly option for the planet and gives the appliance a second lease of life. 

To properly dispose of a fridge or freezer you could take it to your local recycling centre. It is always best to check beforehand that they are accepted to prevent a wasted trip. The council may also be able to take it away for a small fee, which may be an easier option than transporting the fridge or freezer to the recycling centre yourself. 

Can you put a mattress in a skip?

No, as mattresses are considered hazardous as the springs inside get caught up in the machinery that dispose of them and cause damage. You donate old mattresses to charities or shelters instead, but you will need to ensure the fire safety label is still intact as it will not be accepted without one. As well as this, many mattress manufacturers charge a small fee to take away and dispose of old mattresses. Another option would be taking it to the local tip, or if you are unable to do so, arrange a bulky item collection from the council who can collect and dispose of it for a fee. 

At Stone we can dispose of mattresses for you if you let us know at the time of booking your skip.

Always check if you are not sure…

It is important to properly dispose of hazardous items so that they do not pose a risk to both humans and animals. If you are unsure about your specific items or materials that you wish to dispose of, then get in touch.