Hiring a skip is an efficient and cost-effective way to remove superfluous waste from your home. Forget the cliché of a hulking great big skip sitting outside your house. Nowadays you can choose from a range of skip sizes, starting from a 2-yard mini skip to a 40-yard roll-on roll-off (RORO) skip. Hiring a skip is so easy the biggest question revolves around what you can and cannot dispose of in a skip.
What can a skip be used for?
A skip takes the headache out of a variety of big household jobs. Rather than create a mountain of refuse bags, hiring a skip allows for the easy disposal of the bulk of your rubbish leaving your home lighter and brighter.
Home and garden renovation
Lots of us are renovating our homes, either through construction work or a massive spring clean. A skip can absorb most of the clutter associated with changes to your home. Likewise with the debris associated with a big garden clean-up such as cutting back trees and hedges.
Often when we arrive at the big process of packing up to move house, we discover the dumping grounds for old unwanted items. The garage is a classic dumping ground. After you’ve rounded up the items you can donate to your local charity shop, you can dispose of the rest in your skip.
What items are prohibited?
You cannot use a skip to dispose of any hazardous waste, such as chemicals, paint, solvents, electrical items, explosives, gas cylinders, medical waste, oils, plasterboard and computer equipment. Your local council can advise you on the best way to dispose of hazardous waste.
Environmentally friendly and licensed waste carrier skip hire companies such as Swansea skip hire (http://pendragoncarmarthenshire.co.uk/) know how to dispose of skip refuse safely and responsibly. You can ask them for advice about disposing of particular items.
Our top prohibited skip items commonly confused with refuse safe to dispose of in a skip are fluorescent tubes, televisions and car batteries. Fluorescent tubes contain mercury, televisions contain mercury and lead, and car batteries are not considered domestic waste. All three can be disposed of at your local recycling centre. Also check with your local garage and scrap metal centres because they often take unwanted car batteries.