What Can Go In A Skip?

What can go in a skip? The simple answer to this is anything as long as it fits in!

The reality is somewhat different though hence why you are looking at this blog. Also there isn’t one simple rule, different companies have different rules. For the purpose of this blog though, I will be answering this question according to our rules here at The Waste Group.


Different Waste Types

When you order your skip with us, you will be asked what waste type will go in the skip. The types of waste you can choose are general, inert, wood, metal & plasterboard. The 2 confusing waste types are general and inert. Inert waste is basically bricks, rubble, soil & stones. The confusion surrounding what can go in a skip is usually around general waste skips. To make matters worse, general waste skips can also have different names with different skip companies, i.e. mixed skip, mixed construction & demolition skip etc.


What Can Go In a General Waste Skip?

Here is a list of the most common items that can go in a general waste skip;

  • Bricks & blocks
  • Soils & stones
  • Wood
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Furniture
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • Cardboard & paper
  • UPVC windows


What can’t go in a general waste skip?

Here is a list of items that can’t go in a general waste skip;

  • Asbestos – Please see our BLOG on asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Clinical/ Medical Waste
  • Fridges/ Freezers
  • Food waste
  • Gas cylinders/ Aerosols
  • Hazardous/ Toxic Materials
  • Liquids
  • Oils, petrol & diesel
  • Paint cans
  • Plasterboard – Please see our BLOG on why plasterboard can’t go in skips.
  • Solvents/ silicon tubes/ Hilti gun cartridges
  • Tyres
  • WEEE Waste – electrical appliances i.e. kettles, TV’s, monitors, computer, washing machines etc


It should be noted that as the person hiring, you are responsible for what goes in it. Additional fees maybe charged if these are found in the skip once it has been collected. If you are not sure then please do not hesitate to contact our friendly office on 0800 6520160.

If you have any other questions about skip hire, it maybe worthwhile to have a read of our helpful Skip Hire Guide.

If you wish to order a skip please call our office on 0800 6520160 or you can book your skip online.