What Goes in a Skip? Find Out About Skip Contents

Skip Contents: Before You Commit Check This List.

If you have not hired one before, or if you want to brush up on your skip hire knowledge, we have created this guide to help you with understanding everything about your skip contents.

Our Skip Limitations FAQs:

The Size Of Your Skip Will Also Determine What Can Go In It:

Check Out Our Size Guide.


You are held liable for all your skip contents, at the time of collection and inclusion of illegal items can result in fines.

Skip Contents Allowed:

  • Rubble
  • Soil
  • Domestic waste
  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Organic waste
  • Metal
  • Furniture
  • Cardboard

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Skip Contents not allowed in a skip?

You cannot put hazardous or harmful items into a skip.

Some of the items you might not think would be prohibited are: TVs, computer monitors, Tyres, fluorescent tubes, fridges, paint and paint tins (unless empty), and plater-board. Read the full list below:

  • Asbestos
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders (full or empty)
  • Computer Towers
  • Computer Screens
  • Electrical Equipment (e.g. Electric Cookers, Electric Fans)
  • Explosives
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Fridges
  • Household Batteries
  • Medical Waste of any kind
  • Microwaves
  • Oils (hydraulic oil, engine oil, cooking oil)
  • Other Chemicals (e.g. bleach, detergents, processing fluids)
  • Paint Tins (unless completely empty)
  • Plasterboard
  • Solvents (e.g. paint, glue)
  • Toasters
  • Televisions
  • Telephones
  • Tyres
  • Vehicle Batteries

Our Skip Limitations FAQs:

Can I put a mattress in?

Can you put paint tins in?

Why can´t you put plasterboard in?

How full can I fill a skip?

Can you put soil or rubble in?

Do I need a permit?

How can I dispose of electrical items?

What can I do with hazardous waste?

The Size Of Your Skip Will Also Determine What Can Go In It:

2-yard mini — Holds 20/30 bin bags — 4 wheelie bins — 1 sofa.

Ideal for domestic rubbish.

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4-yards — Holds 30/40 bin bags, 8 wheelie bins — 2 sofas. Great for kitchen or bathroom refits.

6-yard — (Builders Skip) Capacity for 50/60 bin bags, 12 wheelie bins or 3 sofas. Ideal for larger renovation projects.

8-yard — Holds 60/80 bin bags, 16 wheelie bins — 4 sofas. Best suited when gutting a whole house or for use with major renovation work. It is also ideal for commercial and industrial use. It is the largest skip that you can fill with bulky waste such as rubble, soil and concrete.

12-yard — Holds a massive 100–120 bin bags of waste — 24 wheelie bins or 6 sofas. Usually only used on commercial projects.

Why Use Us?

There are now also many environmental issues and regulations now involved with the disposal of rubbish that it is imperative that you use a reputable licensed company who will inform you correctly about your skip contents, otherwise you could face a fine.

Contact us, in order to receive three quotes from fully licensed companies, costing you the least time and effort and guaranteed peace of mind.

Aaron advises business, individuals, and organizations on how to recylce their waste. He is still involved in DIY projects at his home and has subsequently bought another property to refurb.

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