The amount of rubble and waste produced during construction and home improvements are mind-boggling. A skip is a perfect way to manage that – it hides the eyesore while you are working and avoids moving the rubble twice.
Be responsible about what you throw into a skip, though, as it is not a case of everything and anything goes.
What Not to Put in Your Skip
- Batteries must be properly disposed of as they contain lead. Tossing them into a skip will damage the environment. Rather take them to a proper waste recycling centre.
- Oil-based paints are also lead-based. They are harmful to the environment and considered to be hazardous waste. Dispose of it as follows:
- Take off the lid,
- Allow the paint to air dry in the tin,
- Take the paint cans to a hazardous waste facility.
- Water-based paint can be air-dried, then disposed of by placing it in a plastic container filled with kitty litter and throwing it away in the skip.
- Screen-items such as old televisions, computer monitors and LCD screens contain various parts that need to be disposed of carefully. There are numerous businesses which even collect unwanted electronic waste.
- Fridges and freezers hold chemicals and gases that are harmful if they are disturbed. A discarded fridge or freezer is also a danger to children who may climb into them.
Before you throw items into a skip, consider whether they could be recycled or reused in some way? So much of our garbage is waste that’s treatable. It can either be reused or recycled and made into other products.
If you would like to find out more about construction equipment rental or power tools and equipment, please contact Talisman Hire or pop into the branch closest to you – our friendly team will gladly assist you.