what can you put in your skip?

What Can You Put In Your Skip?

A skip is a place where you can put your unwanted items. It’s an area that’s at the back of a house, or in front of a building.

It is important to note that not all things should be put in the skip. Some things can’t be recycled and may even cause harm to other people or wildlife.

Different kinds of waste have different recycling rates too. For example, plastic bottles have a higher recycling rate than plastic bags so it’s important for us to recycle as much as we can!

What you can recycle with us at Skipscanner

Paper and cardboard, including cereal boxes, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls and egg cartons. Paper and cardboard are both recyclable materials. However, paper is made up of natural fibres while cardboard is made up of wood fibres. This means that paper has a lower carbon footprint than cardboard does.

Plastic or metal food or beverage containers with their lids

Cardboard with metal coatings

Glass bottles and jars

Glass mirrors

Light bulbs (only if they’re not broken)

Metal pots and pans with their lids

Wooden utensils such as spoons, utensil handles, cutting boards and chopping blocks.

The skip is the place where you put all the recyclable items that are not accepted in your household recycling collection.

The skip is the best option if your recyclable waste is not collected by your council or waste collection company. Otherwise, you can always take it to a nearby recycling centre, swap shop, reuse store or other community recycling organisation.

Things you cannot put into the recycling


If you want to get rid of asbestos at your home, make sure to contact a professional.

1. Asbestos is not always visible and it could be in the form of insulation or flooring materials.

2. If you break it up, the particles can easily get into the air and cause serious health complications like lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

3. Anything that contains asbestos should go into a special bag and then into the garbage (not the recycling).


Batteries can contaminate the recycling process and cause it to be expensive.

The recycling process is not as simple as throwing items into a container. Recycling centres have to take extra precautions and separate batteries from other recyclables so they do not contaminate them.

It’s important that we know what we cannot put into recycling so we don’t waste time or money on something that does not benefit either of those things.

Fridges and freezers

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. This is typically done by transferring waste materials into a container, then processing them in a recycling plant.

The recycling of old fridges and freezers is not possible because they may contain mercury. This is because when the people in the 1950’s were disposing their old mercury-containing appliances, they would throw them in the local landfill or dump.

This resulted in large amounts of mercury being released into the environment. We should dispose of these items properly by taking them to a hazardous waste disposal site, where they can be picked up by professionals who will transport it to a proper disposal site with. Some local councils do specialist collection services for items such as these.


Recycling is something we take for granted and it’s easy to make a few mistakes.

We should not put our car tyres in the recycling bin. The chemicals used in making car tyres are toxic to the environment.

This is because tires are made of rubber, which contains many different types of chemicals that make the tyre hard to recycle.

Old paint cans

Years ago, people used to paint their homes and other fixtures with readily available paints. Most of these paints were water-based and had a shelf life of only a few months. Nowadays, most paints are oil-based and can last for years if stored in a cool and dry environment.

This means that the old paint cans we find in our homes don’t have an expiration date on them.

The issue with recycling old paint cans is that they contain some elements which make recycling them not only dangerous but also impossible in some cases. Paint cans often contain lead, mercury, cadmium or chromium which cannot be disposed of by any normal trash disposal methods.

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