Why Are There Waste Restrictions?

Hiring a skip is a great way to dispose of your large amounts of rubbish. Their cost-effective and make sure that all your waste is disposed of quickly and in an eco-friendly way. Although we strive to dispose of all the waste you put in your skip, there are some items that we prohibit from going into the skips. This is because we put safety first and some items pose a high risk to you and our skip operators. This is a simplified list of the main items we restrict, if you want the full list then you can head to our Terms of Business page.

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Our Restrictions List

All companies set their regulations and restrictions, so it’s always good to double-check with your skip provider about their guidelines. If you’re unable to follow these restrictions, legal action can be taken. Here are our waste restrictions:

Used paint tins, fuels and solvents.

Paint, Solvents, and Fuels

Very obviously, these three items cannot be placed in a skip. There have a very high risk of combusting which could cause major harm such as chemical burn and injury to others and yourselves. This is why we ask that they do not get put in our skips, but rather taken to a specialist center where they can be taken care of properly.

Medical waste, used syringes and medicine bottles

Medical Waste

We include needles (used or unused), bodily fluids, and others under the term medical waste. We don’t accept these as there is a risk or contamination and infection with all these items. We wish to protect everyone involved in the disposal of your waste so we ask that these be disposed of responsibly, not in skips. For more information about the dangers of medical waste please visit the Department of Health for more information.

pile of used batteries


Batteries contain harmful chemicals and substances such as lead, meaning they simply can’t just be put into a skip. They are especially harmful if they leak so we need to be cautious for our skip operators and prohibit them from going in a skip. Before being sent to the landfill, they need to be properly cleaned which is why they need to be taken to a battery bin so that process can take place. This goes for all batteries from AAA’s to car batteries.

Electrical appliances

Electrical Appliances and Equipment

We see so many people trying to put their old electrical goods in our skips but it is strictly prohibited. All of these items have the potential to be very hazardous. So, if it needs a plug, batteries, or a charger to run, then it can’t go in a skip. We ask that they are taken to an electrical recycling point near you. You can find your local one here.

Skip With a Mattress


We’re perfectly able to responsibly get rid of your mattresses but we do ask for an extra cost of £45 – £50 + VAT per mattress. If you’d like us to take care of your mattress, you just need to let us know before putting it in the skip.

Old asbestos requiring disposal


If you find asbestos anywhere during a project then a professional removal company needs to be contacted immediately. It’s one of the most dangerous, hazardous materials in the world as if you are exposed to it with no protection, it can increase your chances of lung disease and cancer.

Stack of old gas cylinders for recycling

Gas Cylinders

Even though you might think you’re done with your gas cylinder and it’s empty, they aren’t. There is always some residue that makes them dangerous to be placed in a skip as they are very combustible. If you’d like to dispose of them, you can contact the manufacturer or a specialist who should let you know what to do with them.

Plasterboard Waste


Although it’s a great building material, unfortunately when mixed with water and some other waste items, plasterboard can give out very toxic fumes. This is why we can only accept 1 or 2 bin bags of plasterboard which are placed on top of your skip. If you’d like to rid of more than please give us a call and order a plasterboard-only skip. If plasterboard is found within your normal skip you can be given a sorting fee of around 50% of the hire price of the skip.

Glass Waste


Due to all our skips being general mixed waste, you can only put a few pieces of glass or mirrors in the skips. However, if you have large quantities of glass that you’d like to dispose of then you might be interested in booking a glass-only skip over the phone. The reason we don’t allow much glass in our normal skips is that because it needs to separated at the landfill, we want to eliminate the risk of harm caused by broken glass.

pile of used tyres for disposal

Tyres & Other Items

In some cases with rubber items like tyres, we can help out and dispose of them for you but an extra cost. Any other items that you may have and you’re not sure if they can go into a skip or not, it’s best to check with your local council first.

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