Everything You Need to Know

Skip hire is a great way to get rid of waste quickly and easily, and allows you to leave the hard work of transporting your unwanted items and materials to an expert team. However, you can’t just put anything in a skip. To make your Wickford skip hire as smooth and straightforward as possible, here’s what you can and can’t put in your skip.

What You Can Put in a Skip

General Household Waste

Most household items are safe to dispose of in a skip. This includes furniture, clothes, toys and general rubbish. If you are decluttering or carrying out a straightforward home improvement project, then you are all clear to include materials such as wood, metal and plastic.

Garden Waste

Skip hire is ideal for garden clean-ups, and Spring is the ideal time to tidy up your outdoor space. You can dispose of grass, leaves, branches, wood and other green waste – and even things like fence panels. If you’re having a total garden overhaul, soil and rubble can be put in your skip.

Construction and DIY Waste

A skip is perfect for debris from construction projects. Materials such as bricks and tiles can be put in a skip, and old flooring and carpets can also be included. If your project is particularly large, just check with your skip hire time on what you can include before you load up your skip.

What You Can’t Put in a Skip

There are some items which you cannot put into a skip, but there’s lots of conflicting information out there. To help you out, here is what you can’t put in a skip:

  • Medical waste
  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • Batteries
  • Food waste
  • Tyres
  • Asbestos
  • Gas cylinders
  • Pressurised containers
  • Paint tins
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Any liquids

These all have their own guidelines surrounding safe removal. Your skip hire company will be all too happy to tell you what cannot go in the skip, and it’s a good idea to reach out to your local authority if you do have any of the above waste that needs removing. They’ll be able to point you in the direction of the right waste disposal service right away, allowing you to get rid of it safely and legally.

Weight Limits

No matter what you are planning to put in a skip, it will come with a weight limit. Each skip size comes with a maximum weight limit, and this will be clearly explained to you when you hire one. Overloading a skip can result in additional charges or the need to hire another skip. To avoid this, be mindful of heavy items, and be sure to distribute weight evenly within the skip.

You’re All Set!

Understanding what you can and can’t put in a skip ensures that you will be able to dispose of your waste without any repercussions. So, before you throw something in the skip, take a moment to look at it and refer to the above for some guidance!



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