What can I put in a skip?

What can I put in a skip

If you plan to give your garden or home a good clear-out, skip hire is one of the most sensible and affordable ways to manage and dispose of your waste. 

Skip hire not only ensures your waste will be disposed of correctly, but it also removes the hassle of travelling to your local waste recycling centre multiple times with a car full of rubbish!

Before you hire a skip for your next DIY or clearance project, it is important to know what can and cannot be put in a skip

What can you put in a skip?

  • Carpet and flooring
  • Cardboard
  • Ceramic and tiles
  • Domestic and garden waste
  • Food & packaging
  • Non-electrical fixtures and fittings (see here for rules on electrical waste)
  • Wood
  • Soil and rubble
  • Bricks
  • Metal
  • Empty tins
  • Plastic
  • Polystyrene 
  • Sofas, mattresses and other furniture 
  • Gas cookers

What can’t you put in a skip?

Although skips are robust, skip operators and waste handlers are human, and their health is put at risk when exposed to dangerous materials and chemicals. 

Here is a list of common waste materials which can’t be put in a skip.


Asbestos is a hazardous material that is harmful to humans and should never be put in a skip. Only a licensed asbestos removal contractor should handle and dispose of the material.

If you suspect you have asbestos in your home, your local council can provide advice on the steps needed for safe disposal. 


Large battery units (for example car batteries) are full of harmful chemicals i.e. acid and lead. These chemicals are dangerous to humans and the environment and cause chemical burns when exposed to skin.

To dispose of a large battery, take it to a recycling collection box (typically found at supermarkets), or your local waste recycle centre.

Electrical Equipment and Appliances (EEA)

Household appliances such as microwaves, televisions, computers, electric cookers, washing machines and fridge freezers can’t be put in a skip. These types of appliances are full of dangerous chemicals that leak when damaged.

We operate a large waste removal service where we collect these items and dispose of them safely. If you have waste electrical items that require collection, contact us today for more information and to book a collection slot.

Hazardous waste

Materials such as fluorescent bulbs, fuel, gas, oil, solvents and paints are classified as hazardous waste and are highly combustible. They pose a serious risk to human health and the environment if not disposed of correctly. 

Only disposal centres with the correct licence(s) can dispose of these materials. Your local council can provide you with more information on this.

Medical waste

Medical waste is waste materials that cause disease, contain medicine or fluids contaminated with a dangerous substance. 

Waste materials within this category include needles, syringes and lancets which should all be kept within a sharps box. You can get one of these from your local GP.


Plasterboard is safe to handle, but when broken down and mixed with low-bearing and biodegradable waste, it emits harmful, colourless gases that contaminate the environment. 

Take plasterboard to your local waste recycling centre, where it will be disposed of safely.

Missed an item?

Do you have waste material that is not mentioned in our lists? Please give us a call on 01225 949026 and we will be happy to advise you if we can accept it. 

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