What you can & can't put in a skip

Skip hire from Forge is a great option for waste removal in both construction and domestic situations; it’s cost-effective and we will sort and recycle your waste instead of sending it to landfill. However, there is sometimes confusion regarding what can and can’t be put in to a skip - if you’re not sure, please refer to our guide below.

As a general rule, we can’t accept any hazardous, toxic, or highly flammable waste. If you have any queries about specific items you want to dispose of, please check with us before organising your skip hire to avoid disappointment.

Items you can put in your skip

  • Building waste (bricks, rubble)
  • Soil
  • Garden waste
  • Wood
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Non-electrical fixtures
  • Furniture
  • Domestic waste
  • Gas cookers
  • Polystyrene
  • Food and its packaging, including tins
  • Bathroom suites
  • WEEE items (electrical items) except for fridges / freezers (although these can be collected too for an extra charge – just let us know)

Items you can't put in your skip

  • Batteries – household or vehicle
  • Solvents, including paint or glue
  • Paint tins, unless completely empty
  • Plasterboard
  • Asbestos
  • Medical / clinical waste
  • Fridges / freezers (although we can collect these for an extra charge – just let us know)
  • Tyres
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Explosives
  • Compressed gas cylinders or aerosols (even if they’re empty)
  • Liquids or oils
  • Chemicals – bleach, detergent, etc.
  • Light bulbs
  • Any toxic materials

If you need to dispose of any of the items on the Banned list, please contact your local council or local household waste recycling site for advice and further information.

We recommend covering your skip at night if you live in a highly populated area, as neighbours are often tempted to take advantage of the ‘free’ waste disposal service they feel you’re providing the neighbourhood! It is in your best interests to avoid this happening, as they might add items from the Banned list, or overfill your skip. 

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