What items can I put in a skip?

What items can I put in a skip?

12th Sep, 2016

If you’re thinking about hiring a skip for a project at home or work, it’s important to know what items you can put in a skip and what needs to be disposed of elsewhere.

We’ve created this handy checklist so you can see in an instant what you can put in a skip, and what you can’t.

What items can I put in a skip?

The following items can be disposed of in one of our skips:


Building rubble

Domestic waste such as food and food packaging



Fittings (non-electrical)


Gas cookers

Hard core



Packaging, including cardboard, plastics, polystyrene

Soil (not contaminated with asbestos or oil)

Solidified paint


Any other rules about what I can throw in a skip?

Once you’ve made sure you’re not throwing any prohibited items in your skip, you need to make sure you’re not overloading it.

By law, your skip should not be overfilled – it has to be what’s called a ‘level load’, which means nothing should be higher than the sides. This is for safety reasons and, if you do overload your skip, your skip hire company will have to ask you to pay extra or remove the excess waste.

If you’re not sure what size skip you need, we can help – take a look at our guide to skip sizes, or call us on 0300 100 0028 for free, no obligation advice.

Not sure if your item’s suitable for a skip? Give us a call!

If you’ve got items or materials to dispose of, and you’re not sure you can throw them in a skip, just give us a call. One of our friendly team members will be able to advise you on what you can throw in a skip, and what needs to be disposed of separately.

We’re experts on waste and recycling, so we’ll give you the right advice in a jiffy.

Ready to hire a skip? Get a Skip Hire Quote today!