Why Do We Have Waste Restrictions?

Skips are a great way to save time and money when undergoing a renovation, but due to this industry there needs to be restrictions in order to ensure everyone’s safety. Some items that need to be disposed of during these renovations can have serious health risks and need to be disposed of properly. We put the safety of everyone involved in the disposal of your waste first and that’s why we ask you to read and follow this restrictions list.

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The Restrictions:

Individual companies set their own guidelines on waste restrictions which can leave uncertainty, but this guide will inform you of the main ones. If these restrictions aren’t followed legal action can be taken.

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

New legislation introduced at the start of 2023 has changed the way upholstered furniture can be disposed of. POPs remain intact in the environment (landfill) which can spread and collect in the fatty tissue of animals as well as humans. To dispose of items such as sofas, armchairs, and footstools properly, they will need to be processed, stored, and destroyed at an appropriate facility. Contact us if you have anything that may fit into this category to avoid extra fees. If you would like our help disposing of these items you will have to pay a POP charge.

Electrical appliances

Electrical Appliances and Equipment

The simple rule when it comes to waste restrictions is that if it can cause harm or be hazardous in any way then it can’t go in a skip. This applies to any electrical equipment that requires batteries, a plug, or a charger. All of the above cannot be placed into a skip due to being hazardous for people involved with handling them. If you have any of this equipment and need to dispose of it then you can find your nearest electrical disposal point here.

Mattress Too Big For Skip


We would be glad to help you dispose of your mattress in one of our skips for an additional cost of £45 – £50 +VAT per mattress. If you need to get rid of your mattress in our skips just let us know first before doing it.

Hazardous Plasterboard


Drywall, also known as plasterboard, is not allowed in a general mixed waste skip due to the risk of it mixing with other items and especially water. If you only have a small quantity, 1-2 bin bags, of plasterboard it can be placed in bin bags on top of the skip. However, any more than this, you can call us to book a plasterboard-only skip. If plasterboard is found, unbagged in your skip, a charge of 50% of the original price of the skip can be issued.

pile of used batteries


All batteries no matter the size, contain harmful substances such as lead and this is the reason why they can’t just simply be put into a skip. In order to go to the landfill, they would need to be expertly cleaned which can’t happen unless they are taken to their appropriate disposal locations. You can find battery bins located at such places like garages, petrol stations, and supermarkets.

Old asbestos requiring disposal


Asbestos is one of the most dangerous materials if exposed to it without the proper protection. If you come across any asbestos in your home or on your building site then contact a specialist remover immediately.

Stack of old gas cylinders for recycling

Gas Cylinders

Even when you believe your gas cylinder is finished, they are never truly empty. This is why they can’t be put into a skip because there is a very large combustible risk. A center specialising in this item or the company that sold it to you will advise you on how to properly dispose of it.

Medical waste, used syringes and medicine bottles

Medical Waste

This includes but is not limited to, needles (used or unused), bodily fluids, and any other medical waste. It is vital that we protect the safety of all our workers and placing these in the skips puts them in harm’s way. If you’d like any more information on this subject please visit the Department of Health.

Large Amount of Glass


We can only accept small quantities of glass, not large amounts. This is due to the risk they pose as large amounts of broken glass can be very dangerous, especially because glass has to be separated from the rest of the waste. If you’d like to dispose of large amounts of glass, if you call us we can arrange a glass-only skip.

pile of used tyres for disposal

Tyres & Other Items

With rubber items, that includes tyres, we can sometimes help you with your disposal at an added cost. If you have any waste items that have not been listed but yet you’re not sure whether they’re suitable to be disposed of via a skip just contact us. You can reach a member of our friendly customer service team on 0239 360 1005.

Used paint tins, fuels and solvents.

Paint, Solvents, and Fuels

All of these are definitely not allowed in skips. Due to being combustible, it means they can cause serious harm, they need to be disposed of properly and safely. They must be disposed of at a licensed disposal center to avoid such injuries like chemical burns.

Want to Hire a Skip?

Even by implementing these restrictions, by hiring a skip, it saves lots of energy that is needed when completing a large project. You don’t need to be worrying about how and where all the rubbish is going, just hire a skip and we will do that for you. 

Reliable Skip Hire Portsmouth promises speedy deliveries and on-time collection. We cater for all your needs, big or small, and have a range of skip sizes to accommodate this.