If you’re working on a job large enough to warrant using a skip, then it’s always worth remembering what you can and can’t throw in it, if only to save yourself time and money. These days we all need to be responsible for disposing of waste in a responsible manner, and knowing what a skip will accommodate is only going to help you manage your project more efficiently. So, as a basic rule, keep in mind that you can put in most building materials, making the hiring of a skip perfect for anyone renovating a property, working on a garden or perhaps just having a good old spring clean. This, in effect, means that all types of bricks and rubble can be thrown in, as can metals, wood and non-toxic domestic waste. Soil and general packaging are also fine, as are plastics, although you might want to think about recycling these items separately. You’re also free to dispose of furniture in a skip, but if your local council runs a furniture re-use scheme, that’s always an option too.
When it comes to what can’t go in your skip, the general rule is that hazardous or harmful items are a no go. Electrical goods such as TVs, computer monitors and batteries should be recycled separately so as to protect the environment. If, however, you do have electrical goods to dispose of, there’s a good chance the shop you purchased them from might offer a trade in service for your old item. Chemical waste or any type of oil or diesel are prohibited, but paint tins can go in if emptied. And whilst tyres and fridges cannot go in, most councils run a free collection service for white goods, and other items can easily be disposed of at your local tip. Legislation regarding plasterboard states it must be separated from other waste, so plasterboard can’t go in, and asbestos is, surprise, surprise, a big no-no. Asbestos or any other hazardous waste can’t be re-used or recycled under any circumstances, and should always be dealt with by a waste company that specialises in dealing with hazardous materials. So, before you embark on a project large enough it’s going to require a skip, it’s always worth taking a moment to access what can and can’t go into it. As a general rule: pretty much anything except electrical items or hazardous and toxic waste.