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A Guide to Skip Hire Regulations

08 August 2018

Whether you’re hiring a skip to remove household waste from a residential project or are simply having a clear-out of your property, you may be unaware of the environmental and safety regulations surrounding skip hire. Here’s a guide to items that are prohibited in skips, and how to solve issues of fly-tipping.

What can't I put in a skip?

The following items are not permitted into mixed skips – (we can quote separately for items)

  • Asbestos (or anything resembling asbestos)
  • Mattresses
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Gas Bottles/Cylinders
  • Tyres/Batteries
  • Solvent Cans & Paint Cans
  • Fridges/Freezers
  • TV’s/Computer Monitors
  • Clinical/Medical Waste
  • Tree Roots
  • Plasterboard/Gypsum
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Liquid Wastes (as described in Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005)

In addition to this the following must be followed

  • NOT TO – Place hazardous waste in the container
  • NOT TO – Have fires in containers
  • NOT TO – Overload the sides - all excess will be removed and left on site
  • NOT TO – Attempt to re-site or move the container after delivery
  • TO – Ensure there is adequate access for deliveries/exchanges/collections
  • TO – Ensure the surface/access allocated is suitable to receive delivery of container size and weight

Fly-tipping in skips

Fly-tipping is an issue you may face whether the skip is kept on private or public land and is something that you should be vigilant about.

In the eyes of the law, you are responsible for the waste put into your skip. The illegal practice of fly-tipping is dangerous, as you don't know exactly what has been thrown into the skip, it may also be overfilled causing hazards for passers-by. To combat this issue, using a cover for your skip if it is kept on-site overnight may be advisable; alternatively, you could invest in a closed skip that can be locked. Both solutions would also prevent any dust or light contents from blowing out of the skip.


Order a skip online today!

We are an experienced team of recycling specialists based in Dorset and Oxfordshire, with expertise in all areas of recycling and waste disposal ranging from cardboard recycling and End of Life Vehicle Collection, to trade waste disposal and metal recycling. For more information about our online skip hire and recycling services, or for further advice on how you can make a difference at home, contact our team on 01202 675564 today.

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