Waste that cannot be put in a skip?

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT

No appliances or electrical equipment like fridges, freezers, dishwashers or televisions can be put into a skip mixed with "normal" waste. All waste electricals must be taken to a recycling facility and cannot be mixed with other general waste. For electrical equipment disposal contact us in advance.

GAS CYLINDERS

All gas cylinders being accepted by Skipgo for disposal at a controlled waste  management facility or scrap metal merchants will be accompanied by a Gas Free Certificate. Gas cylinders are considered hazardous materials and, as such, will not be allowed on dumping sites. Residual contents of a gas cylinder are potentially dangerous and Skipgo are not licensed to remove or transport them.

ASBESTOS MUST NEVER BE MIXED WITH OTHER WASTE IN A SKIP

Asbestos in skips is a big no-no. You must never put asbestos in a skip; it is hazardous and harmful, and the government has implemented certain laws which mean it’s illegal to re-use and recycle any asbestos material, or to dispose of it improperly. Asbestos must be removed by a specialist asbestos removal contractor.

BATTERIES

No type of battery can be put in any skip. Batteries contain various metals and chemicals which mean they must be treated separately, so don’t put batteries in your skip, even small ones. You are better off taking them to battery recycling boxes at your local supermarket or petrol station, or search for your closest battery recycling centre.  Car batteries cannot be thrown away in skips either, because they contain high traces of lead. Lead is extremely poisonous and needs to be treated in a particular way. Try giving your local garage a phone for more advice on disposing of car batteries.

PAINT, SOLVENTS, LIQUIDS and FUEL

The same goes for paint, solvents and fuels. These are all chemical compounds, and Skipgo license does not cover them to dispose of hazardous waste like this, thus they cannot be placed in a skip. Fluorescent lighting tubes contain mercury, another hazardous chemical, so they too cannot just be chucked into your skip. These items require proper, licensed disposal, and must be taken to waste plants authorised to deal with them.

MEDICAL WASTE

Medical waste must not be disposed of in ordinary skips – it risks infection and contamination, and needs to be dealt with by certain, licensed firms. Anything from used or unused needles to biological waste needs special treatment and is not suitable for skips. Contact the Department of Health for guidance on the proper disposal of medical waste.

TYRES

Tyres need a lot of TLC when being disposed of, and putting them in skips isn’t allowed.