Published On: Tue, Jun 5th, 2018

Skip Hire: What You Can’t Load Into Your Skip

Hiring a skip is highly convenient for several reasons, they allow you to get rid of large amounts of waste without leaving your home or business in the process. They are great for disposing of garden waste, household items and building construction rubbish. However, you can’t just load anything you like into a skip, there are certain limitations.

Here is a guide to some of the restricted items on the list.

Acceptable Items

Before discussing some of the restricted items, it is important to explain what is allowed in a skip. A skip is used to store general waste, you should never throw any objects in your skip that can cause harm to you or the environment. If you place banned substances in your skip, you will be held liable for negligence. When the skip hire company arrives to remove your skip, they’ll check the contents, if you have illegal items it will result in a sizeable fine. Here is a brief list of acceptable items to load into your skip:

  • Domestic Waste
  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Furniture
  • Construction Rubble
  • Metal
  • Soil

photo of worker in 2011, S. Herman via wikimedia commons

Unacceptable Items

You can’t put certain items into a skip, especially hazardous or harmful substances such as asbestos or medical waste. There are several items that you may think are acceptable, but are not, these include objects such as computer monitors, TVs, Fridges, microwaves and toasters. Some of the more obvious items include asbestos, explosives, medical waste, chemicals and solvents. Many items on this list are there for a good reason and should never be disposed of in a skip. If you are going to hire a skip in London and you are unaware of the types of items you are allowed to load, speak to the experts, they’ll provide you with a definitive guide.

Can I put electrical items in a skip?

Household electrical items such as televisions, fridges & freezers, computer monitors, toasters and microwaves contain components that can be harmful to the environment, which means they must be disposed of in the right way. If you’ve electrical items in your home that need to be discarded, you’ll have to your local council and find out where the nearest WEEE recycling centre is.

Can I put medical waste in the skip?

Medical waste is harmful to anyone who comes in contact with it if they aren’t wearing protective equipment. Items such as surgical needles must be disposed of using the correct procedures, if you throw medical waste into a skip, you’ll face financial penalties. If you need to get rid of medical waste, you should contact your local council to find out information on waste management companies who specialise in medical waste disposal, they’ll provide a safe alternative.

What you put in your skip is important to avoid any fines or penalties. Before hiring a unit, it is advisable to contact your local council or speak to a skip hire expert to find out more information about legal and illegal skip content. Once you know what is acceptable and what is not, you can begin loading your skip with rubbish.

Author: Sophie Fenn

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