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What Can Be Put into A Skip?

Posted on 29th March 2018 by Hintons

Skip hire should be a straightforward way of getting rid of unwanted items in bulk. Skips can carry a diverse selection of waste, from old household furniture to garden waste and more, but sometimes it’s easy to get hung up on the specifics of what can and can’t be put into a skip.

In this article, we’re looking at the kinds of waste you can put into your skip, to save you time and effort when you’re taking care of a clearout. To make it simple, we’ll split items into categories, with a short list of the the relevant common items you’re allowed to throw away in a skip.

What You Can Put in a Skip

Building and renovation waste

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Whether for large or small scale construction, skips are the perfect way of keeping worksites orderly, offering a single destination for much of the waste generated during building developments. These include:

  • Bricks
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Solidified paint
  • Building rubble


Furniture icons

Large pieces of furniture are some of the most troublesome items to dispose of. Fortunately, a large enough skip will take on just about all your unwanted furniture. For wooden furniture, it’s usually best to dismantle or break it down first, in order to save space.

  • Wardrobes
  • Desks
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Sofas
  • Plastic garden furniture
  • Any pieces of wooden furniture

Domestic waste

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A lot of general domestic waste can be put into a skip. It’s a bit of a catch-all category, but that’s because domestic waste can be so varied! Here are some of the common things you might want to throw away:

  • Food packaging
  • Empty tins
  • Cardboard
  • Polystyrene
  • Food
  • Empty drinks bottles

Garden waste

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Got a landscaping project planned? A skip will take all sorts of garden waste so you can keep the outdoors organised while the redesign is being done.

  • Soil
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Flower cuttings


  • Non-electrical fittings
  • Gas cookers
  • Plastics
  • Scrap metal
  • Bricks

Skip hire considerations

Now you’ve got an idea about what you’ll be able to put into your skip, there are a few other things to think about. The size of your skip is something you’ll need to think about early on. You’ll need a skip big enough for your requirements so you’re not wasting money. We have a handy skip size guide to give you some insight on what kinds of skips are suitable for certain projects.

There’s also the issue of overloading a skip. A skip will have a clearly-marked fill line on the inside. Filling above this point could lead to your skip supplier refusing – or being unable to – take your skip away. That’s because an overfilled skip is dangerous, especially while it’s being loaded and unloaded to/from a truck, or while it’s being transported back to base. Ensure you choose a skip big enough to fit all your waste, and be smart while filling it up so as not to overdo things.

What not to put into a skip

The above lists are a great point of reference for items we’re happy for you to put into our skips. Unfortunately, not everything can be safely disposed of in a skip. We’ve covered these items in another article, and we heartily recommend reading this before you begin loading your skip.

If you need any further information on skip sizes – or what you can and can’t load into our skips – we are happy to advise.

Hintons Waste provide swift and reliable skip hire services to customers throughout South and South West London. We are committed to efficient disposal of domestic and commercial waste, helping you to dispose of a range of waste items with ease and peace of mind. For a free quotation or to arrange a same day or next day delivery of your skip, simply contact us today.


COVID-19 Update

Following the recent announcement of the National Lockdown, we are still open and delivering skips.

All deliveries follow the government guidelines.

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