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2022 guide to what can go in a skip

Are you planning a clear out at home or work? Or preparing to move or renovate? If so, you are probably looking into the best way to dispose of your extra waste. The go-to service is often hiring a skip because it’s an affordable and easy way to get rid of lots of rubbish.

In this article we want to share a few important things you need to know before hiring a skip, such as what can and can’t go in a mixed waste skip.

How to save money on skip hire

To save money on skip hire, our advice is often to order the smallest sized skip you can, and where possible to segregate your waste. This is because mixed waste skips are the most expensive type of skip to hire* and prices do increase the larger the skip is. See skip sizes.

Therefore, if most of your waste is the same e.g. garden waste it may work out cheaper to hire a green waste skip and then use another method for disposing of any other waste that can’t be placed in the skip. What the pros do – In this situation a professional will often order a small green waste skip and a general waste skip bag, which can be used for getting rid of the non-garden waste.

A bonus to separating out waste types is that it is easier to recycle, meaning with every separation you are saving the environment.

What waste type skips can I hire?

In addition to mixed waste skips we provide skips for the following waste types:

What do I do if I can’t or don’t want to separate my waste?

If you are unable to separate your waste, then our mixed waste skips are the perfect solution.

What can go in a mixed waste skip?

A mixed waste skip holds exactly what it says in the name, mixed waste. You can throw pretty much anything into one. This includes furniture, black bags, DIY waste, plastic, paper, glass. soil, bricks, rubble and paving slabs.

What can’t go in a mixed waste skip? 

Due to various legal rules and regulations in place there are a few things that you can’t throw into a mixed waste skip.

Electrical items

Components in appliances such as fridges, freezers, and televisions are classed as hazardous waste, so need to be disposed of separately.

Solvents, fuel, liquids, and paint gas cylinders and asbestos

These contain harmful chemicals and compounds, making them part of the hazardous waste stream. Once again, you need a licence to transport and dispose of this rubbish so that any risks are minimised.

Plasterboard and mattresses

Not everyone knows that plasterboard can’t go into a mixed waste skip because content in plasterboard contains high levels of sulphates, which when mixed with general waste can create a harmful chemical compound.

Mattresses also contain elements that contribute to landfill problems, so they also need to be disposed of separately.

How can AMS help you with items you can’t place in a mixed waste skip?

AMS are able to collect your hazardous waste and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) when we collect your full skip. We are licensed hazardous waste carriers and take the waste to Commercial Recycling who are also licensed to dispose of the items. We can make disposing of any electrical items, or other hazardous waste hassle free as we complete any paperwork needed.

If you have a small amount of hazardous waste, from either an office or garage clear-out, our hazardous waste box is the perfect solution. You can either collect your 60L box, or have it delivered. Then all you need to do is fill it up, and call us on 01202 579579 to arrange a collection date.

Time to order a skip

Hiring one of our skips could not be easier. Once you know which skip you need, you can order your skip online. Or if you would like to discuss your waste disposal needs with one of our expert and friendly team members, just call 01202 579579.

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