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What can and can’t you put in a hired skip?

Asked Santa for some new tools?

Clearing out the kid’s old toys in the attic to make space for the ones they open on Christmas Day?

Or maybe you’re having a new kitchen fitted in the New Year and need to remove the old one.

Either way, you’re bound to be left with a lot of unwanted materials and, whilst you could pop them in the boot of your car and drive them to the local tip – nobody wants to be sat in a queue for hours, do they?

Hiring a skip is an excellent disposal solution – guaranteed to save you countless trips back and forth, allowing you to make the most of the festivities. You simply need to load the skip with waste.

But is there anything you should keep out of a hired skip and dispose of separately?

Read on to find out the do’s and don’ts for skip hire in Thanet.

What items can you dispose of in a hired skip?

If you’re thinking about hiring a skip in Thanet, you’ll be pleased to know that we deal with most types of waste at TW Services.

Typically, you can fill one of our hired skips with anything that isn’t hazardous or harmful to people or the environment.

This includes the following materials:

  • Construction materials (i.e. bricks, hardcore, tiles)
  • Domestic waste (i.e. plastic, paper and cardboard packaging)
  • Furniture (i.e. wooden, metal or plastic tables, chairs, cabinets, beds, wardrobes)
  • Garden waste (i.e. soil, rubble, tree branches, grass trimmings)
  • Textiles (i.e. carpets, old clothes, curtains, bed linen)

What items aren’t permitted with skip hire?

There’s no denying that hiring a skip is a cost-effective solution for disposing of everything in one go – saving time, effort and money – except for hazardous waste types and explosives.

Let’s take a look at some of them and why you need to keep them separate from your skip hire in Thanet.

  • Asbestos – extremely dangerous and needs to be handled and disposed of carefully by a certified waste company only.
  • Batteries – contain harmful substances like acid that can leak and contaminate the rest of the contents inside the skip, whilst harming the environment.
  • Electrical appliances – electricals such as fridges and freezers contain chemicals and require specialist disposal to protect the environment and public health. Take them to a recycling centre or reach out to your local council.
  • Fuel, solvents and paints – these contain harmful chemicals that need to be disposed of by licensed waste plants. If they are dumped at landfill sites, they can pollute the soil and make their way into water systems.
  • Gas cylinders – whether they’re full or empty, these have the potential to be dangerous. Therefore, you must take them to a sorting facility that collects and recycles them.
  • Medical waste – things like needles, dressings and medications can be dangerous to humans and the environment (especially in the wrong hands). Consider requesting collection via the GOV.UK website.
  • Plasterboard – must be kept separate from general waste as it gives off colourless, harmful gases and could cause contamination. To dispose of plasterboard, you’ll need to find a dedicated recycling plant.
  • Rubber tyres – too cumbersome to process as waste. Instead, you’ll need to find your local tyre collection company or see if a tyre fitter or garage will dispose of them for you.

Ready to hire a skip in Thanet?

If you have any questions or are unsure whether you can put something in your hired skip, the team at TW Services is always on hand to offer guidance and support.

You’re more than welcome to get in touch with us directly by calling 01304 626 364 or drop us an email at and we’ll get back to you soon.

Alternatively, if you’re ready to take advantage of our skip hire services in Thanet, use our online booking system to order and pay for your skip today.

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