What Can’t You Put In A Skip? Your Complete Guide to Skip Hiring

To avoid disappointment at the stage of skip collection, it is important to know what is allowed to go into the skip and what isn’t.  While the list of all the things that can go in the skip is quite long (we’ll get back to that), there are some objects that are not allowed to be disposed of in a skip due to health regulations and concerns for the team that will sort out the waste to prepare it for recycling. We ask customers to use common sense when disposing of their waste.

While most skip hire businesses deal with people within the construction industry, who generally know what can go into a skip and what can’t, there are also regular joes and joesephines that undertake various DIY projects and need to dispose of all waste types. Some of these DIY projects could include house redecorations or garden redesigns/landscaping and as you might already know, these types of jobs can burden you with a lot of waste. On this page we will have a look at the waste that you can safely dispose of in a skip as well as list the things that should be disposed of separately.

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What can go in a skip?

Construction Site Waste

Any rubbish coming off a construction site job usually includes metallic objects, steel, cement, bricks, tiles, pipes, glass and other materials.

Garden Waste

Most of your garden clean-up waste will easily go into a skip, as green waste is permitted to be dumped in one. The size of the skip you should get for this type of job will vary depending on the size of your garden, with small to medium gardens requiring a mini skip and larger gardens easily filling a normal-sized skip. Anything from grass clippings, stump, branches, turf and soil can go in a skip. The additional waste that can go in the skip includes paving stones, piles of rubble, retaining edges or fence panels.

Household waste

When refurbishing a house and getting rid of all the old furniture inside it, a skip will save you a lot of time. Most of your household items will be permitted to go into a skip. From tablets, chairs, lounges, beds, old toys to boxes, as well as any other home office furniture, window frames, floorboards, carpets, can all be discarded into a skip. If you are doing a bathroom refurb, any sinks, bathtubs, showers and toilets are also allowed to go into a skip.

Electrical Goods

Old appliances can safely go into a skip, whether they are broken or just old. It’s recommended to discard these items this way, instead of dumping them into a regular bin. Things such as TVs, computers, radiators, ovens, hobs, microwaves, as well as other unwanted electrical items and cabling, can be put into a skip.

What should you NOT put in a skip?

While most things will be permitted to go in a skip, there are some items that are prohibited to go in one due to safety reasons. Things that fall under the category of chemicals, flammable, foods, batteries or asbestos must not be dumped into a skip.

Safe List

Do dump in a skip:

  • Construction Waste: bricks, steel, metal, tiles, cement, gypsum board;
  • Garden Waste: grass clippings, stump, branches, turf and soil;
  • Household waste: old furniture, bathroom items;
  • Electrical goods: kitchen appliances, old computers, cabling;

Unsafe List

Don’t dump in a skip:

  • chemicals
  • flammable
  • foods
  • batteries
  • asbestos
  • clinical waste

What skip size should I get?

There isn’t a one size fits all skip so depending on the job you undertake, you will need one of the sizes below. Usually, skip sizes range from bags to 20 & 40 yards metal containers.

Bags are ideal for smaller projects where you’re doing a small garden clean-up.

Midi Skips (4 yards) are perfect when you have to deal with bathroom refurbs, complete garden clean-ups, or general house cleaning.

Builders Skip (8 Yards) are perfect for bulky waste disposals. When you want to throw out your old furniture or when you have a larger garden clearance or a complete kitchen refurb. It’s usually best suited for construction workers.

Bulkers Skip (12 Yards) are recommended for the removal of bulky items, such as furniture and house items. We advise our clients not to dump any soil or concrete in this skip but every provider will be different and it’s best to check with them individually.

Lastly, for bigger projects, the 20 & 40 yards are the best skips. If in doubt just call our team and tell us what you need to dispose of and we will be able to tell you which skip you need.

a large size skip


How should I pack my skip? 

While dumping everything in one go is often the first thought people have, we advise our customers to be mindful of the space and to try to make the most out of it. Plan which item goes first to avoid wasting any space. If this is the first time you’re using a skip and you aren’t sure how to load it properly, it’s best to check with your provider, as they will know what the best plan for you is.

What are skip permits?

Depending on the type of job you are doing, you might need to place your skip on a public highway. In this case, you will require a skip permit, obtained from the council and it’s a procedure that needs to be arranged before the delivery of the skip as it will take some time before you get it. You might also be required to get a parking suspension if you need to place the skip in a controlled parking zone (you will find this is on a yellow line or on another resident’s parking)

Wait and load skips

When you have all your waste collected in one place and just need to get rid of it quickly, a wait and load skip service is a good choice. The skip driver will wait for you or your team to load the skip and once the skip is full, they will take it away. This is especially a great option when you require the extra space and can’t afford to keep the skip for too long.

How long can I keep the skip for? 

Every project is different and people will need to hire the skip for a specified amount of time in advance. Most companies will let you keep it for between one to two weeks, but it’s best to check with your provider and agree on a time they can pick it back up.

If you require the skip for longer than two weeks, you need to arrange the logistics with the skip hire company as the extra days might cost you extra.

skip hired in front of a house



Where does the waste go?

All the waste from a skip will be transported by the skip company. They will usually sort the waste and it will either go to a recycling centre, to a waste facility or to a landfill.

By now, you should know everything you need to know about skips and skip hiring to get you through your first project. Don’t hesitate to drop us a line with your comments or questions if you have any additional queries. If you require a team to handle your skip hiring needs, our team will be happy to have a chat with you. Call us on 01384 958025 or simply drop us an email on info@pegasusskiphire.co.uk