A general rule to go by when filling a skip is that practically everything can be placed into it. The only items to avoid when filing a skip is anything that can be deemed hazardous.

This article by Danjo Skips will give you a run-through of examples of correct skip use and what we’d recommend not placing into skips. Being extremely affordable and a way to free up a lot of space, skips are a great method for recycling and reusing materials.

But by doing so, we must stick to the rulings of skip use and avoid prohibited items, making it easier to recycle that in which should be placed into a skip.

Before progressing, if you are seeking a skip service in Croydon, Surrey or other areas of London, be sure to get in contact with Danjo Skips, Croydon’s leading recycling specialists. We offer a wide range of waste removal services, including skip hire and have a proven track record of excellent recycling processes.

Prohibited Items

As mentioned, you are unable to put hazardous or harmful items in a skip. That can include, but isn’t limited to the following:

  • Televisions
  • Computer monitors
  • Tyres
  • Asbestos
  • Fridges
  • Paint & paint tins, unless emptied
  • Plasterboards
  • Batteries
  • Medical waste
  • Liquids
  • Petrol
  • Diesel

These items are generally deemed hazardous, due to the nature of their existence. Manual handling of these items can result in injuries or sickness of some kind and require special methods of removal. Paint, for example, will require you to get in touch with your local council for disposal advice. We deal with hazardous waste, so be sure to contact us.

Other items like plasterboards have legislations in place, stating that they should be separated from other general waste. Electrical equipment can not be placed into skips as it is controlled by the WEEE Directive. Asbestos can not be reused or recycled under any circumstance, therefore it can not be placed into a skip either.

Accepted Items

Now that we have covered what should not be placed into a skip, let’s cover those items that are completely acceptable. Again, a list that isn’t limited, but includes:

  • Domestic Waste
  • Garden Waste
  • Carpets
  • Plastics
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Bricks
  • Furniture
  • Gas cookers
  • Tiles & ceramics

A common theme throughout these items is reusability. These items can mostly be recycled, or large portions of said items can.


Though this article gave examples of waste that can and can not be placed into skips, be sure to contact your local council if you’re ever unsure of any items. Alternatively, contact us at Danjo Skips for free enquiries on waste removal, as well as recycling.