If you're having building work carried out or a planning a big clear out, hiring skip bins is a sensible idea. It will allow you to get rid of most of your waste in one easy step, with no need for repeated trips to the local tip. However, there are a few items that aren't safe to put into a skip. It's important to keep these items aside and dispose of them properly to ensure that you don't break local regulations, harm the environment or risk the health of people and animals nearby. Read on for information on items that can't be put into a skip and how to dispose of them instead.
Due to electrical components like a capacitator, microwaves aren't safe to put into a skip. When it comes to getting rid, you have a few options. If the microwave is still in good condition, consider donating it to a local charity or selling it on a local site. If the microwave is broken, check to see if the manufacturer offers a disposal program, as this is often the case. If not, visit your local recycling facility and leave the microwave there.
TVs and Monitors
Televisions and monitors contain materials that can be highly toxic to the environment, like lead. Working products can often be donated to local electronics shops, who can refurbish them or use for parts. If your TV or monitor is too badly damaged for that to be an option, take it to a local recycling centre instead.
Tyres are made to be extremely strong, which makes them tricky to recycle. Tyres are banned from most landfill sites and should be taken to dedicated recycling providers instead. Recycling processes are becoming more and more sophisticated, meaning that your old tyres could be turned into a playground covering, synthetic grass, or even novelty stationery.
Asbestos is a material that was widely used in building until it was found to cause several types of serious lung disease. Asbestos should never be put into a skip, as it could be broken or damaged, causing loose particles to be released into the air. This risks serious damage to people nearby. Hire a dedicated asbestos removal contractor to remove and dispose of asbestos as safely as possible, using the correct equipment.
Hiring a skip is an excellent way to get rid of the vast majority of waste. Just make sure you don't include any of the above items and check with the company to ensure you don't throw away any items they prohibit.