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When you hire a skip, what can you put in it?

Understanding what you can and can’t put into a skip is essential. It will help you feel confident in your choice of waste removal solution. It will also ensure you don’t get in trouble with your skip provider or waste time by throwing in the wrong type of waste.

If you want to know what you can put in a skip, you’re in the right place. Read our guide to find out more.

What can you put in a skip?

There are some common items that you are more than welcome to place in a skip. These include the following:

  • Garden waste 
  • Scrap metal
  • Household waste
  • Hardcore
  • Rubble
  • Paper
  • Wood
  • General dry waste
  • Plastic
  • Bricks
  • Concrete
  • Soil

List of items that can go into a skip.

What can’t be placed in a skip?

For health and safety reasons, there are also items that you can’t place in a skip. These include the following:

  • Perishable waste
  • Large tree trunks
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Mattresses
  • Tyres
  • Medical waste
  • Batteries
  • TV screens or monitors
  • Fridges or freezers
  • Paint or liquids
  • Oil or fuel
  • Aerosols or gas canisters
  • Asbestos
  • Hazardous or toxic waste
  • Explosives

List of items that can't go into a skip.

While the above are hard and fast rules of skip hire, there are other considerations. For instance, if you’re hiring a larger skip, you won’t be able to fill it to the brim with soil, sand, bricks or hardcore. This would make it too heavy. 12 and 16 yard skips are suitable for larger volumes of light but bulky waste. 

In conclusion

Whether you’re a small business, a larger outfit, or a homeowner in need of domestic skip hire, contact Ely Skip Hire today for a no-obligation quote. We’re a registered waste carrier and recycle up to 95% of the waste we collect, meaning you can be confident that your waste is being handled responsibly. 


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