What Category Does My Waste Fit Into

Whether you are a homeowner or a company in the UK, you must discard your waste as per the rules defined for each category. This post gives you a birds-eye view of all of the major groups of waste products, so you know which one applies to the material you want to dump in a skip. 

5 Groups of Waste in the UK

In the UK, we divide waste into five main categories. Let us have a quick look at each of them one by one. 

  1. Construction Waste

This category of waste mainly includes any waste coming out of the building’s structure and includes the following. 

  • Any insulation containing asbestos
  • Any insulation that may contain a hazardous substance
  • Any construction material that may contain a hazardous substance
  • Wood, glass, and plastic
  • Concrete, ceramics, bricks, and tiles
  • Metallic waste, including cables 
  • Paints and varnishes
  • Adhesive and sealants
  1. Electrical and Electronic Waste

Our homes and offices are full of electronic gadgets and electrical equipment these days. Tons of waste come from this category, and you must be very careful when trying to dispose of them. Here are the major items that will fall into this particular category of waste.

  • Television, computer monitors, and any other devices with a display such as your smartphones, tablets, iPads, etc. 
  • Chillers, fridge, freezer, and air conditioning units
  • Large domestic appliances (LDAs), also known as white goods including a tumble dryer, washing machine, cooker, and dishwasher. 
  • Any household-type electrical items at home or work such as lamps, light bulbs, fans, batteries, etc. 
  1. Vehicle Waste

Both homes and businesses own vehicles, and if you have any vehicle waste you want to get rid of, here is a list of items classified as vehicle waste by the UK government. 

  • Break oil, fuels, and any anti-freeze liquid
  • Your vehicle of any make or model and its components
  • Airbags, 
  • Windscreen 
  • Brake pads
  • Car batteries
  1. Packaging and Recyclable Waste

This is mostly applicable to businesses. If you have to discard the packaging material and recyclable products, here are the items that fall in this category.

  • Clean non-hazardous packaging material
  • Empty packaging that may contain any residue of hazardous substance such as intermediate bulk containers, paint cans, and drums, etc. 
  • Empty packaging that may contain residue of any non-hazardous substance.
  • Any recyclable packaging and wastage must go separate and not mixed with the non-recyclable waste.

Even if you are a landlord carrying out any refurbishment, you must dispose of the packaging and recyclables responsibly 

  1. Medical Waste

This applies to the health sector and including the following

  • Any medical waste such as medicines, injections, plastic bottles, plasters, etc
  • Anything medicinally contaminated
  • Anything chemical contaminated
  • Bagged clinical waste
  • Laboratory  chemicals


Whether you are a landlord or a company owner in the UK, knowing your waste type can help dump your waste responsibly. If you wish to hire a skip to get rid of the waste, do let them know about the type of waste you wish to discard, so they can help you do so as per the law. 

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