Know what not to throw in your skip

Skips offer the ideal solution to any large scale decorating, renovation or refurbishment project. They can be placed directly outside the property you are working on, allowing you to conveniently dispose of all waste and rubbish. However, due to health and safety and environmental issues there are several items that are unsuitable for skip placement. We are often asked about what can and cannot be put in skips, so we have put together a list to ensure our customers are informed before they hire their skip and begin work.

You are not permitted to put electrical items such as TVs, fridge freezers or dishwashers into a skip. Waste electrical items cannot be mixed with general waste and must be disposed of responsibly. Batteries contain several chemicals and metals so they need to be treated separately. They can be recycled at local supermarkets and petrol stations or you can find your closest local battery recycling centre online. Car batteries are equally dangerous and cannot be thrown in a skip. They contain high traces of lead and must be appropriately disposed of.

Solvents, paint and fuel are chemical compounds and defined as hazardous waste along with fluorescent lighting tubes which contain mercury, making them dangerous products and entirely unsuitable for your skip. Medical waste cannot go in a skip as it carries a risk of contamination and infection. Anything from biological waste to needles must be disposed of in the correct way.

Gas cylinders are perceived as highly dangerous whether they are empty or full. Even the smallest amount of residue is potentially harmful, and skip hire firms are not licensed o remove them. You can contact the original supplier of the cylinder as many companies provide a collection and recycling service.

These are just a few of the items that need to be left out of skips and we are happy to help you with further information if required. We provide a range of skips in several sizes and whatever the size of your project we can offer the ideal solution for skip hire in Middlesbrough and across the surrounding regions. As an environmentally friendly firm with a commitment to our local communities, we are your first choice.