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    What Can & Can’t You Put In A Skip?

    Hiring a skip is hugely convenient. Whether you’re renovating a house and need to gut it first, or if you’re having a big clear out at home, hiring a skip is a fast and efficient way of getting rid of unwanted items.

    That being said, it’s not quite as simple as putting anything and everything into the skip – there are certain things that aren’t suitable and need to be disposed of separately. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the items that you can safely get rid of through general skip hire, and the items that you need to dispose of separately.

    What Can I Put In A Skip?

    Firstly, let’s look at what you can put in a skip. Despite regulations, you should find that the majority of items likely to be cleared out from a domestic property can go in the skip without any problems. Some of the most common items skip hire services collect include:

    ·       Building materials – this includes things like bricks, paving slabs, tiles, pieces of wood, and rubble

    ·       Furniture – if you have a piece of broken furniture, this can go in (you should try to recycle or donate unbroken, still usable items)

    ·       Garden waste – this includes leaves, uncontaminated soil, and branches

    ·       General recycling – cardboard, paper, and plastic can all go in a skip

    ·       Non-electrical fittings – this includes things like pendants and light shades

    ·       Furnishings – this relates to anything else in your house like rugs, pillows, storage boxes, and other general household items

    This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it covers the majority of things you’re likely to throw out when hiring a skip.

    What Can’t I Put In A Skip?

    Next, let’s take a look at what you can’t put in a skip. It’s important you stick to the rules, otherwise, charges may be brought against you for putting a prohibited item in a skip. This is because skip hire providers are bound by tight waste regulations, and some items can pose a health and safety risk if not disposed of properly.

    ·       Electrical items – if you have something like a TV, computer, phone, or lamp, you will need to go to a specialist recycling facility to get rid of the item safely

    ·       Gas cylinders – these can pose a big risk to health and safety, even if they’re empty, so you should always contact your supplier or find a local gas cylinder recycling company

    ·       Asbestos – asbestos is incredibly toxic to health and should always be removed and disposed of by trained professionals

    ·       Liquids – this includes paint, fuel, and solvents

    ·       Batteries – even small batteries need to be disposed of properly because of the chemicals inside

    Other items that can’t go in a skip include tyres, biohazard and medical waste, glass, and mattresses (depending on the skip company). Always check the rules with the skip hire service first as they may change from company to company.

    Hiring A Skip From L. Jarvis & Sons

    At L. Jarvis & Sons, we offer affordable skip hire across the Banbury area. We have skips ranging from six to 20 yards in size, and with over 60 years in the industry, we are among the most reputable and competitive. To find out more about our skip hire services, please contact us.