A Handy Guide to What you Can and Can’t Dispose of in a Skip 

Skip hire is an excellent waste disposal solution, but no waste management system is a ‘catch all’, and there are certain items that should not be disposed of in a skip. 

As a general rule of thumb, waste can be split into two categories; hazardous and non-hazardous, and it’s actually illegal to mix the two forms of waste, so it’s important that you know what form of waste you need to dispose of, and act accordingly. 

If you’re unsure whether skip hire is the correct solution for your waste disposal, read on for our quick guide to what you can and can’t put in a skip…

What can you put in a skip 

Skips are suitable for a wide range of non-hazardous, household waste, including; wood, soil, rubble, garden waste, furniture, bricks, metal, plasterboard, carpet, and general household rubbish

What can’t you put in a skip 

Hazardous waste that cannot be disposed of in a skip includes; asbestos, which should be disposed of by a specialist contractor. Televisions, fridges and other household electrical items, which should be taken to your local recycling centre. Tyres and fluorescent tubes and lightbulbs should also be taken to your local recycling centre for disposal, and not placed in a skip. 

Batteries should not be placed in a skip, and instead should be disposed of in a battery bag requested from your local authority, or placed in battery banks that can often be found in supermarkets. 

If you need to dispose of gas cylinders, you should either return them to the company that they came from to be reused, or take them to your local recycling centre. Medical waste and chemicals and pesticides should never be disposed of in a skip, instead you should contact your local authority to arrange appropriate disposal. 


If you have any questions about what you can and can’t put in a skip, or wish to enquire about an item not listed in this blog, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Staffordshire Skip Hire, our team are on hand to advise you!