You’ve got a huge home project ahead of you with tonnes of rubbish and refuse to haul out of your house. First things first you’re going to need a skip! The size of which really depends on how big a job you’re taking on. Be certain to plan for this with careful consideration as there is a limit to how much you can put in your skip. In addition to that, there are certain things that you should not put in a skip, which we will explore shortly.
It’s always tempting to throw any old thing away in a skip and many people try to hide certain refuse by burying it under everything else. We would advise against that as you could well end up looking at a hefty fine.
1 – Yourself
It sounds silly, but you’d be surprised by how many people treat their skip as a toy. Be mindful of your children and make sure they understand that playing in the skip is strictly off limits. Believe us, more often than not it ends with somebody’s foot being punctured by a rusted nail.
2 – Personal Documents
Understand that you won’t get into trouble for throwing your personal documents away in a skip, however you will be putting yourself at great risk of identity theft. It’s never worth the risk!
3 – Anything Which Isn’t Broken
At the very least, take a short trip to your nearest charity shop and give your old bits away, don’t just throw it out. Or alternatively, with a bit of time and effort you can sell most things and make a bit of money back. You wouldn’t believe the amount of quality goods that people waste and throw away.
4 – Household Cleaning Products
You might think, ‘what harm can a half empty bottle of bleach do?’ But just remember that anything which can harm the environment or cause contamination issues should be disposed of appropriately and NOT in your ski – The same applies for pesticides, insecticides, paints, lubricants & so on.
5 – Motor Oil, Fuel & Engine Coolant
Your carbon footprint is already present every time you get in your car and drive, – don’t make it worse by throwing such contaminants away with the rest of your rubbish.
6 – Car Batteries
A car battery is filled with toxic chemicals which can leak out and contaminate your environment. Don’t take the risk and instead get in touch with a specialised hazardous waste removal company instead.
7 – Old Appliances, Televisions and Other Electronics
It can be tempting to just bung an old toaster or some other smaller electronics into the skip, though there are certain items which might leak coolant out which is another terribly detrimental contaminant. Avoid this at all costs and have them removed safely and appropriately. Again, if they’re still in working order, throw them on Ebay or the likes.
We appreciate that it can be frustrating having to be mindful of what you put into your skip, but if you do go ahead with a skip bin hire, you just have to follow a simple set of rules. Don’t fill it up past a certain point and don’t put any of the above items or substances into your skip. Other than that, you’re pretty much good to go!