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10 January 2024 |

What Can I Put in a Skip?

Skips are fantastic for managing waste during home renovations, garden makeovers, or even larger construction projects. But you might be thinking, “What can I put in a skip?”

It’s a common question, and we’re here to clear it up for you.

In this blog, we’ll walk you through:

  • What can go in a skip?
  • What cannot go in a skip?
  • How to maximise space in your skip

So, let’s dive in and make your waste disposal as efficient and hassle-free as possible.
What can go in a skip?

When you’ve got a skip at your disposal, it’s like having a magic wand for all the stuff you want to get rid of. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can throw into a skip:

  • Plastics
  • Scrap metal
  • Timber
  • Kitchen scraps and food remains
  • General household rubbish
  • Garden/ plant debris
  • Outdated furniture items
  • Rugs and upholsteries
  • Empty and cleaned paint containers
  • Construction debris (e.g. bricks, gravel, etc.)
  • Discarded fittings from bathrooms and kitchens (e.g. ceramics, tiles, etc.)

Garden Waste

Transforming your garden? Skips are perfect for dumping your green waste – think branches, leaves, grass cuttings, and even old garden furniture. Our smaller skips are just right for these lighter clear-outs.

Household Items

Redecorating or decluttering? If you’ve got old furniture, carpets, and other bulky items from around the house, they can go right in. Our midi skips are ideal for these types of household waste, offering just enough space to tuck it all away neatly.

Construction Materials

For the bigger, heavier stuff from your DIY projects or construction work, our larger skips are what you need. Bricks, wood, metal, tiles – you name it. Our skips are tough and ready to take on the load, making your work site clean-up a breeze.

General Mixed Waste

Got a mix of things to toss out? No problem. Our versatile skips can handle a variety of materials, making them a handy choice for general clear-outs.

Remember, the right skip size not only helps you manage your waste better but also ensures you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Smaller skips for lighter, less bulky waste; larger ones for the heavy-duty stuff. At Wheeldons, we’ve got a range of sizes to make sure you’ve got just what you need for your waste disposal needs.


What cannot go in a skip?

While skips are super handy for a whole range of waste, there are certain things that just can’t go in. It’s all about keeping things safe and being kind to the environment.

Let’s take a look at what you should keep out of your skip and why.

Hazardous Waste – This includes things like asbestos, batteries, and chemicals. These items can be harmful to both people and the planet, so they need special handling and disposal.

Electrical Items – This includes things like fridges, TVs, and computers. These are classified as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and have their own set of rules for disposal. Putting them in a skip is a no-go because they contain materials that need to be recycled or disposed of safely.

Chemicals and Liquids – Paints, solvents, and fuels are a big no. They can contaminate other waste and pose a risk to the environment. Plus, they could cause a bit of a mess in the skip!

Clinical Waste – For obvious reasons, this needs careful disposal. Medical waste can be hazardous and isn’t suitable for skips.

Tyres – These are tricky to dispose of and can’t be thrown in a skip. They require special recycling processes.

The reasons behind these restrictions are pretty straightforward – it’s all about safety and environmental protection. Disposing of these items requires special processes to make sure everything’s done right and nobody’s at risk. At Wheeldons, we’re all about doing things safely and sustainably, so if you’re ever unsure about what can go in your skip, just give us a shout. We’re here to help guide you through the do’s and don’ts of skip disposal.


How to maximise space in your skip

Getting the most out of your skip hire is all about smart loading and savvy waste management. Here are some top tips from us at Wheeldons to help you load your skip efficiently and maximise its usage, while also keeping an eye on recycling and responsible waste segregation.

Break down bulky items

Got a big old wardrobe or a dismantled shed? Break them down into smaller pieces. This not only makes them easier to load but also frees up more space in your skip for other waste.

Load heavy items first

Start with the heavy, flat items like slabs or boards. Lay them at the bottom of the skip. This creates a stable base and allows you to stack lighter items on top more easily.

Fill in Gaps Smartly

As you load, keep an eye out for gaps and fill them in with smaller items. It’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle – the better you fill the space, the more you can fit in.

Don’t Overfill

It’s important not to fill your skip beyond the ‘fill level.’ If you do, we can’t take your skip away as it can be unsafe for us to transport it away in our vehicles.

Ask for Advice

If you’re not sure about the best way to load your skip or how to separate certain types of waste, just ask us. We’re here to make your skip hire experience as efficient and hassle-free as possible.

By following these simple tips, you can make sure you’re getting the most out of your skip hire, both in terms of space and environmental responsibility. Efficient loading and thoughtful waste separation not only make the process smoother but also contribute to more effective recycling and waste management.

Simplify Your Waste Disposal with Wheeldons Skips

Whether you’re clearing out your garden, revamping your home, or managing construction debris, we have the right skip for you. Remember, while skips are incredibly versatile, it’s important to be mindful of what goes into them. Stick to garden waste, household items, and construction materials, and avoid hazardous or prohibited items to ensure a safe and eco-friendly disposal process.

If you are looking for a cost effective skip hire that you can rely on, why not check out our range of available skips now. Our team is ready to help you find the best one for your project.

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