What Can I Put In A Skip Bin?
Whether you are simply cleaning out your garage or running a construction business, waste management is important and skip bin hire provides plenty of benefits.
They are a cost-effective way to get rid of bulk waste, saving you the time and effort to haul it to the tip yourself. It also means the waste is going to be sorted and recycled so it won’t all end up in landfills, making them a sustainable and environmentally-friendly waste management solution.
These skip bins come in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on your needs, and you can even order options with doors so that you can easily dump bulky items without having to strain yourself. They can be delivered to your door and collected when you are ready, making getting rid of rubbish quick, simple and painless.
It is important to note, however, that there are various laws, guidelines and restrictions on what can be placed in these bins. While most of the waste you want to get rid of will be fine, there are some items that will need specialist waste collection and management.
What kinds of waste can I get rid of with a skip bin?
Before we move on to the hazardous types of waste and other forms of rubbish that cannot be dumped in a skip bin, we will explore the items you can dump in these bins. Fortunately, most household, business and construction waste is perfectly fine. As a general guide, these are the types of rubbish that you can have removed in a skip in:
General waste: Everything from your household or garage clean up, office move or renovation project is likely to be fine. Cardboard, paper, timber, clothes, toys and fabrics are all acceptable. You can even dump white goods and some appliances (more on that later).
Construction waste: Heavy materials like bricks, concrete offcuts, pavers, tiles, ceramic materials, metal scrap and anything else from the job site can be safely disposed of in a skip. Most of these materials will be recycled as well.
Dirt and soil: Everything from a garden makeover or an excavation project can safely be disposed of in a skip bin. Ensure materials like dirt and sand are separated and be mindful of the weight limit of the skip. You might not be able to fill the skip all the way to the top.
Green waste: All organic materials from a yard clean up or other projects, including woodchips, branches, lawn clippings, weeds and all other green materials, are fine for skip bins. Just bear in mind that soil and dirt will need to be in a separate bin.
What are the materials that cannot go in a skip bin?
A lot of the things that cannot be placed in a skip bin are common sense. Chemicals, gas bottles and fuel containers all carry elements of risk and will need to be correctly disposed of. Specialist waste like medical byproducts also needs to be collected by specialist companies.
Any hazardous products, like asbestos, batteries (of any kind) and poisons cannot be thrown away in a skip bin. Basically, if the waste could potentially harm someone, it cannot be collected by any general waste disposal service.
However, there are a number of things that need to be disposed of properly at landfill or specialist collection sites, or that could damage skip bins and that is not permitted. These items include:
- Food scraps
- Wet concrete
- E-waste (computers, televisions, phones, etc.)
- Electrical equipment