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What Can You Put In A Skip?

Skips are extremely useful when you have a large amount of waste to get rid of. For example, if you are doing some renovations in your home or clearing out your garden, you may find yourself with a lot of rubble, garden waste or old furniture that you want to get rid of. Using a skip saves you the hassle of making several trips to the tip. However, you cannot put whatever you like into a tip. Whilst the range of materials that you can throw into your skip is quite broad there are some legal restrictions involved. To ensure that you only fill your skip with the right materials, we have created a handy guide to what you can and cannot put in a skip.

What can you put into a skip?

There are so many things that you can put in a skip. And, for most DIY or gardening work you will most probably be safe throwing everything into the skip. To be more specific, there are various groups of waste materials that can go into your skip. Let’s take a closer look at them.

1.      Bricks and rubble

As long as your bricks do not contain asbestos or other harmful materials, you can throw them straight into the skip. The same goes for the rubble that comes from breaking up old floors, knocking down walls and similar activities.

2.      Garden waste

Grass, broken wooden decking, branches and chopped tree trunks can all go into the skip.

3.      Wood and plastics

All woods and plastics can go straight into the skip, as long as the plastics do not fall within the list of things that cannot go into skips (for instance if they are plastic electrical appliances.

4.      Metals

Any scrap metal can go into a skip, as long as you are not throwing an electrical appliance into it.

5.      Furniture

From old armchairs to unwanted garden furniture, all types of furniture can go into the skip.

6.      Soil

Throw soil, sand or gravel into your skip. The only exception is soil that is contaminated (either chemically or biologically), which cannot be put into a skip.

7.      Non electrical appliance

Old enamel toilets or cracked sinks can all go straight into the skip, no questions asked.

8.      General domestic waste

The waste that you throw into your household bin can also be put into a skip. This includes packaging.

9.      Anything else

People may have some weird and wonderful items in their homes and gardens that do not feature on the list above. The general rule here is, if something is not explicitly prohibited from going into a skip then you will most probably be able to put it in. If in doubt, just check with your local authority. Below, you will find a paragraph that concisely explains what materials are expressly prohibited from being thrown into a skip.

What can I not put in my skip?

There is a reasonably substantial list of items that ought not to be put into a skip for health and safety reasons. These include the following hazardous or polluting materials: asbestos, chemical waste, medical waste, petrol, oil, and diesel. In addition, no white goods (i.e. fridges and freezers) can be put into skips. Tyres are not allowed in skips, nor are electrical goods. Plasterboard and gypsum waste are not allowed in skips – so make sure to treat these separately if you are doing DIY. Finally, old paint cans, fluorescent tubes (e.g. of the kind that are used for lighting), batteries and pressurised cylinders are all prohibited from going into skips.

Are there any exceptions to these rules?

Some local authorities have the ability to recycle some of the less hazardous items on the list of items prohibited from skips. For instance, sometimes you will be able to put white goods or tyres into a skip and have them recycled by your local authority. It is essential to check beforehand with your local authority, however, to ensure that they cater for your needs.
What will happen if I put something in my skip that I shouldn’t?
Usually, your skip company will refuse to remove your skip. Or, you may be fined. In some cases, people have been criminally prosecuted for throwing contaminants or other hazardous items into skips.


Lostock Skips cover Wigan, Bolton and Chorley and may more local areas. Including Adlington Skip Hire, Leyland Skip Hire and Preston Skips.

Domestic Skip Reviews

Excellent service. Would 100% recommend and use again.
Scott D.
Asked for the impossible and a skip at very short notice, 4yrd skip delivered next day and at the time they stated. Excellent service Lostock Skip Hire and would highly recommend 👍
Asa D.
The lady on reception was very helpful with the size of skip I needed, very professional and friendly. Would definitely recommend this company.
Manda B.
Iv been using Lostock skip hire for my building business for about 10 years now. I always receive a prompt and professional service from the office staff thru to the drivers who are always willing to go out of their way to help when delivering my skip. I can fully recommend using them and will... continue to do so myselfread more
Mark G.
Really professional service offered, from the ease of ordering a skip online to the clear pricing structure. The staff are also really helpful and knowledgeable. We wont use anyone else when we need a skip!
Chris D.
Fantastic service due to the current covid situation I've been let down by so many services and hence had to change the dates for picking the skip up twice which they did no problem will defo recommend thank you LOSTOCK SKIP HIRE
Yasmin U.
Brilliant service with a personal touch/\. Great prices and Very helpful
Denny H.
Have used Lostock Skip Hire a number of times over the last 2-3 years. The staff are always helpful and the drivers take great care when dropping off / picking up.
Rob B.
I ordered a large skip and had to change the date I needed it at short notice. When I contacted the office they did this for me with no fuss at all and the skip turned up on time. Very professional and helpful service.
Tony B.
We ordered two small load while wait skips over the past month and on both occasions the driver was on time and super helpful - even helped with loading the skip! Very happy with the price and service and would highly recommend to anyone!
Excellent customer service and easy to book.
Nicole E.
Got a skip delivered on time. They took good care of my block paved drive. I requested an early pick up and even though they were very busy they picked it up the day after my request. Very friendly and professional.
Shelley K.
Ive had 3 skips now from here and each time they've been brilliant staff are helpful and responsive and really pleasant to deal with i would and have recommended to friends who i also know have had positive experiences
Andrew C.
We have hired a skip several times from Lostock Skips and have always been satisfied with the service we receive, they are so pleasant and professional. Any queries are dealt with straight away. We wouldn’t use anyone else. I highly recommend them. Maureen Cusack, Leyland.
Maureen C.
initial contact by telephone was simple and easy to book - price was competitive and the skip delivery and collection where on time - the delivery driver was a nice guy - proffesional clean and tidy. Nothing too much - highly recomeded
Fantastic service - I was astonished at how the driver was able to manouver the skip in and out from next to parked cars!
Nathanael S.
Skips delivered when required and picked up within 20 minutes of calling them for collection. Excellent service.
Jamie H.
Highly recommend this business excellent to deal with have used many times over the past few years can’t fault them.They have been great with us as both Matt me and my fiance are key workers may have allowed us to have a skip for next week free of charge in order for us to fill the skip up to its... full capacity They have been great with us as both me and my fiance are key workers so we’ve quiet filled our skip yet. They have allowed us to have a skip for next week free of charge in order for us to fill the skip up to its full capacity.Five star service all the way would honestly recommend to more
Daniel L.
Brilliant service with a smile. Best skip hire in bolton
Angela J.
This company went above and beyond what I expected as I underestimated the size skip I needed and filled the one I got with much more than I should have thank you very much for taking it all will definitely be using you again x
Carol W.

Commercial Skip Reviews

“Had a few questions prior to ordering a skip. The girl I spoke to on the phone was really nice and helpful. The skip arrived exactly when they said it would. It was collected exactly when I asked for it to be collected. Would recommend and would use again.”

Victor Lisowski

“Ordered a skip, delivered within the hour, needed changing on the same day and again sorted within the hour. Quality service from Jo and the team. Beats all local skip companies on both price and service”

Matthew Buckley

“I hired an 8 yard skip. Was highly surprised with how cheap the skip was. The woman I spoke to on the phone was very polite and informative. The skip was delivered within the time slot I was given, the driver was also very polite. I rang to arrange collection and the skip was collected …

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Sarah Mason

“What a Fantastic experience I have had dealing with Lostock Skip Hire!!! I am Currently the General Manager at Mercedes Benz of Whitefield and the team could not do enough for us. After speaking to Jo in the office the Skips arrived within 24 hours and where positioned in the location I had requested. The …

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