Common items you should never put in your skip

When it comes to skip hire, it can be easy to see the skip as one giant bin that will take just about anything. All of those unwanted household items are removed from sight and mind for good, allowing you to breathe a big sigh of relief that one of the hardest parts of your move, or spring cleaning is finally over. But if you’re looking to get the most out of your affordable skip hire, it’s always better to know how to make the decluttering process go as smoothly as possible, and that’s by knowing exactly what you can’t put in your skip.

Household appliances

Going back to that idea of a big bin, a large skip may seem like the ideal place to put an out of work microwave or fridge. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Electronic equipment can’t be mixed with general waste and therefore must be taken to a WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) recycling centre.


Whether big or small, no type of battery should be put in your skip. While they look harmless, batteries are made up of various metals and chemicals which means they need to be disposed of separately. The good news is your local supermarket or petrol station will have some sort of battery recycle bin. If it’s a car battery, seek advice from your local mechanic.


This ranges from paints to solvents and fuel. Anything that is a chemical compound will likely contain some unpleasant hazardous materials and should therefore be handled with care and disposed of properly. Putting these kinds of chemicals into a skip could risk chemical burns or a fire. When it comes to their disposal, contact your local council to find the nearest authorised waste plant.

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