What Can I Put in my Skip Bin and What Is Not Allowed?

Jayde Ferguson

Whether you’re building, renovating, moving house or doing a big spring clean-up; hiring a skip bin is a smart option. Not only does it save you the hassle of multiple trips to the tip or overloading your verge collection bins, but it promotes a removal of waste in the most environmentally friendly way. But if you don’t dispose of your waste properly – it can be detrimental to the world around us and your wallet.

Whilst a skip is simply just a ‘massive bin’ to most, it doesn’t mean everything can be thrown into it. Not all junk is suitable for the skip bin and when prohibited waste is being disposed in them, it can mean additional charges and time-consuming processes. Here’s what you need to know before using your skip bin:

1. What Materials Aren’t Allowed to be Disposed of in Skip Bins?

Common items that aren’t allowed in the skip bin include the following:

  • Hazardous liquids (paint, poisons and pesticides) – even if they’re in sealed containers.
  • Oil, petrol and diesel.
  • Human or animal waste.
  • Gas bottles and canisters.
  • Asbestos.
  • Electrical appliances.
  • Batteries.
  • Vehicle tyres.
  • Clinical and medical waste.

These items cannot be placed into the skip bin because they’re either hazardous to staff unloading and sorting the waste or difficult to process. When waste cannot be processed through a waste removal company, for example vehicle tyres and white goods (see point 3), they will need to be taken to a specialised recycling facility to dispose of accordingly.

If any prohibited items are found in the skip bin, you run the risk of the entire waste load being brought back to you. For hazardous materials that need to be deal with by specialists, these items will be transported by the waste removal facility to another disposal site. These means additional charges for you – so it pays to follow the skip bin guidelines.

2. What Should I be Utilising the Skip Bin for?

The most common reasons for needing a skip bin are home renovations, moving house or office, clearing out a deceased estate and evacuation projects. To utilise the skip bin for any of these things, materials you can put into include:

  • Commercial industrial waste.
  • Construction and demolition waste (rubble and stones).
  • Cardboard, paper and paper products.
  • Mixed metals and recyclables.
  • Wood.
  • Soil and garden waste.
  • Tiles.
  • Glass including window panes and glass tiles.

3. Can My White Goods Be Thrown in?

Old white goods like freezers, fridges, washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves and dryers can be disposed of in the skip bin but there’s a few rules that apply before doing so. Fridges and freezers must be de-gassed prior and lids and doors will need to be removed.

Whilst skip bin providers will allow these goods to be thrown into the bin, it’s not always going to be the best solution for you. With strict rules about over-filling skip bins due to the way they’re transported from your location to the waste recovery facility, you want to utilise the space you have in the skip bin economically. White goods are bulky and will fill the skip bin up quicker. Although you can opt for a larger skip bin to accommodate, it’s highly recommended to take old white good to a whitegoods recycling facility to save you money.

4. What Happens to the Rubbish I Put in the Skip?

Utilising skip bins to the guidelines impacts our environment in a very positive way. Once the waste has been collected and dispatched the waste removal facility, it’s managed by a team of specialists for recycling – a much better and safer alternative to landfill. Using mechanical and optical sorting, most of the mixed waste is able to be sorted and made ready for recycling or energy generation. By using a skip bin and sticking to the guidelines, your waste can be turned into viable resources in a cost-effective, timely and sustainable way.

Author Bio

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Instant Waste Management – leading skip bin providers and waste management services for your waste management plan. You can catch Jayde on Google+ to discuss this piece.