From moving house to renovating an office, skips are incredibly versatile, come in all shapes and sizes and can collect all sorts of waste that needs to be disposed of. Whether it’s garden waste, stripped out furniture, construction rubble or masses of paperwork, there is so much that a skip hire company can collect and recycle for you. However, there are also regulations on what can’t be put into a skip nor collected and disposed of. Here, we explore what items aren’t accepted when put into a skip.
Paint and other chemical items
Due to the dangerous and toxic chemicals that they contain, paint and solvents aren’t able to be accepted by a waste disposal company. This also includes any solvents, bleach, cleaning products and detergents. If you wash the paint tins or pots really thoroughly, they will be accepted.
Similarly, electrical items shouldn’t be discarded into a skip because of the hazardous chemicals and materials within their components. From computers, TVs and video game consoles to cookers, fridges and freezers, there are many electricals that shouldn’t go in a skip but there are specialist recycling centres that deal with WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment).
Asbestos and other harmful materials
As one of the few materials on this planet that cannot be re-used, recycled or actually has any use, asbestos cannot be accepted in a skip due to how harmful it is. There are other harmful items that also can’t be accepted including oils, petrol, diesel, gas cylinders and explosives
Tyres also can’t be disposed of in a skip and won’t be accepted by skip hire companies. If your tyres were changed at a garage, ask them to dispose of your tyres for you. Or, if you did it at home and have tyres left lying around, consider contacting your council for information or research companies who specialise in tyre disposal.
Batteries – due to the fact they’re made up by dangerous chemicals and metals, any size of the battery from AAA to a computer battery can’t be accepted.
Medical waste – this can’t be accepted because it is unhygienic and potentially harmful, such as sharp needles and syringes. No clinical waste can be disposed of in a skip.
Freezers- some household waste can be accepted, whereas some can’t. A prime example of one that can’t is a freezer, so definitely do your research before hiring a skip for a building or renovation project.
At Cherry Hill Waste, we specialise in waste disposal and skip hire in Stoke on Trent. Whether you’re in need of a four-yard skip for domestic purposes or a larger 40-yard commercial skip, contact us today for more information or give us a call on 01782 624209 today.