Waste That Does Not Belong in a Skip

At Martland Skip Hire Services Ormskirk, we are committed to providing safe and efficient waste disposal solutions. However, not all waste is suitable for disposal in a skip. Certain types of waste materials pose significant health and environmental risks if not handled correctly. This blog post aims to educate you about the types of waste that do not belong in a skip.

Waste That Does Not Belong in a Skip

Asbestos: A Potentially Fatal Material

Asbestos is a hazardous material that was commonly used in construction until the late 20th century. If disturbed, asbestos fibres can be released into the air and when inhaled, they can lead to serious health problems such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Therefore, any items made of or suspected to contain asbestos should never be put into skips. Instead, contact us at Martland Skip Hire Services Ormskirk to discuss professional asbestos removal options.

Fluorescent Tubes, Gas Bottles and Cylinders: Dangerous Gases and Fire Risks

Fluorescent tubes contain harmful gases that should not be released into the atmosphere. Similarly, gas bottles and cylinders – even those that appear empty – can pose a significant fire risk if stored near flammable materials in a skip.

Solvents: Hazardous Chemicals

Solvents are dangerous chemicals often found in cleaning products, paint thinners, nail polish removers etc. The warnings on their packaging indicate their hazardous nature. Improper disposal of solvents can lead to soil and water contamination.

Medical Waste: Strict Disposal Regulations

Medical or clinical waste includes items like hypodermic needles, bandages, gloves etc., which could potentially carry infectious diseases. Such waste requires special handling and disposal methods under strict regulations; hence it should never be placed in a domestic skip.

Batteries, Oils, Petrol or Diesel: Fire Risks and Corrosive Substances

Batteries contain caustic acids that can lead to fires and may corrode the skip. Similarly, oils – whether for lubrication or cooking – along with petrol and diesel are banned from skips due to their high fire risk.

Paint and Paint Tins: Toxic Substances

Paint often contains toxic substances and solvents. Improper disposal of paint can lead to environmental contamination. Therefore, paint and paint tins should not be placed in a skip.

Electrical Equipment: Governed by WEEE Rules

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) rules mandate the disposal of electrical equipment. Our regular skip hire service does not cover this type of waste.

Martlands Skip Hire

At Martland Skip Hire Services Ormskirk, we prioritise safety and environmental responsibility above all else. We urge our customers to be aware of the types of waste that do not belong in a skip, as improper disposal can lead to serious health risks and environmental damage. If you’re unsure about how to dispose of any particular type of waste, please don’t hesitate to contact us for guidance.

Remember, responsible waste management is not just about getting rid of unwanted items; it’s about doing so in a way that safeguards our health and protects our environment for future generations.

To order a skip for your project, just call the friendly team at Martlands Skip Hire Ormskirk on 01704 779345 for a skip hire quote tailored to your requirements. We are always pleased to help!

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