What Materials Can’t I Dispose Of?

It’s important to recognise that there are certain types of waste that we can’t take away as part of our skip rental service, and that’s true regardless of the company you choose or the skip you hire.

On this page we’ll go through the most common ones, and what you should do with these types of item if you need to dispose of them.

Fridges And Freezers

For many years there have been strict restrictions on the disposal of fridges and freezers, and they have to be dealt with professionally for environmental and safety reasons.

If you’re a residential customer, you can arrange for Doncaster council to collect your fridge/freezer and up to seven other items for a fixed fee. It will then be disposed of appropriately without further charge.

For commercial and industrial premises, you’ll need to find a company to dispose of the appliances for you. Some will allow you to drop them off for no charge or a small fee, others will collect them for you, but these services are usually more expensive.

Asbestos

You can’t place asbestos in a skip, in fact you shouldn’t move it at all unless you know what you’re doing. For professional companies to remove materials containing asbestos, they must be properly qualified, approved and registered.

Never disturb anything you suspect may contain asbestos as you could disturb the fibres that cause lung cancer and breath them in very easily.

For all customers, consult with a professional asbestos contractor to get a quote and remove the offending material safely.

Paint

This is the area that most people seem to be surprised about. Paint is a tough type of waste to dispose of safely, especially if the container splits under the weight of other items in your skip. Many types of paints also contain chemicals that are considered hazardous,  and for this reason, it can’t be accepted, so please don’t place paint in a skip.

Don’t be tempted to pour it down the sink either, or an external drain as this is a significant environmental risk as well as having the potential to cause blockages.

Households can take their waste paint to council recycling centres in Doncaster if the paint has dried up – the recommended method is to add soil or sand and allow the paint to dry in the open air. You can find more details under paint on this page.

Commercial entities are less likely to need disposal services, as they’re likely to buy the volume they need and keep the remainder for future projects. If there is a disposal need, look for a company specialising in hazardous chemical disposal.

Canisters

Gas canisters, and any other type of pressurised vessel are banned due to the risk of explosion. Because skips are placed outdoors where people can be nearby, this would clearly be an unacceptable danger to the public.

Generally speaking, canisters are reusable, so they should be returned to the supplier you got them from as they’ll be reused. If they’re damaged for some reason, the supplier should have procedures in place for their disposal.

Tyres

Tyre disposal is regulated and we’re simply not able to handle them. They’re made up of rubber compounds that are only able to be recycled or destroyed by specialists.

If you’re a consumer (i.e. not a business customer), you should find that when you get a flat tyre, the company that change the tyre for you offer a disposal service as part of their fee. It’s advisable to take advantage of this offer unless you have a specific reason not to, as it’s hard to otherwise dispose of the old tyre cheaply.

If you’re a business customer, or a household with surplus tyres to dispose of, you’ll find tyre disposal companies around Doncaster that are able to provide the service for you in an environmentally friendly way.

Batteries

Batteries contain acids that are dangerous to people and the environment. To reduce the risk of contamination associated with leaking batteries, they must be disposed of in line with local council regulations so that they can be appropriately broken down and recycled.

You will find battery recycling bins in the entrance to many of the major supermarkets around the town for typical small batteries, and for larger units like car batteries, ask the retailer you buy the new, replacement battery from to safely dispose of the old one for you. You’ll find most garages and outlets like Halfords will do this for you as a matter of course.

You should never place batteries of any size in household bins for collection, however you can take them to one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres around Doncaster if you’re a resident. Businesses can turn to disposal companies that will dispose of the items on your behalf.

So, that’s the negatives out of the way – for everything else you want to have collected, complete the form at the top right of the site and we’ll be in touch very soon to give you a quote!