As items of legislation and regulation come from numerous different sources such as the Waste Regulations, the Hazardous Waste Regulations, and the WEEE Regulations, we understand that many businesses and individuals may be confused by waste management with regards to what is required for responsible and compliant disposal.

As experienced providers of skip hire in Gravesend, our talented team of waste management professionals are on hand to provide assistance with regards to regulations and waste management best practice. For example, what items can and cannot be disposed of via commercial skip hire services?

Skip Etiquette – 3 Things You Should NEVER Put In A Skip

Skip hire is a fantastic waste disposal service providing swift and convenience waste disposal and waste segregation methods. However, there are some types of waste which are unsuitable for disposal in a skip, three of these waste categories are:

  1. Hazardous Waste
    If waste could present a threat to health or the environment; it is classified as hazardous and must be segregated from the general waste stream and disposed of in a manner specific to the waste in question. Failure to dispose of an item of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner can result in some serious penalties, including imprisonment. Additionally, in England and Wales, if your business produces hazardous waste, you are required to register with the Environment Agency.

    Some examples of hazardous waste include Asbestos, Aerosols, Anti-Freeze, Cleaning Agents, Motor Oil, Paints, and Thermometers. However, please note that this list does not contain every type of hazardous waste. For more help regarding the appropriate disposal method for your waste, please get in touch with a member of our staff using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

  2. Plasterboard Gypsum
    There is currently a total ban on the disposal of plasterboard waste at mixed waste landfills. Previously there was a 10% rule however this no longer applies, instead there is a zero tolerance approach to waste containing Plasterboard Gypsum.

    Whilst this waste is classified as non-hazardous and in most circumstances the material does not pose a threat, there is the potential for the sulphate present in the plasterboard to turn into hydrogen sulphide gas whilst the material is breaking down in landfill. This gas is extremely dangerous. In addition to being flammable, it is also poisonous and corrosive, and is thought to be responsible for the most severe extinction event in the Earth’s history.

    There are options available to businesses that require disposal options for Plasterboard Gypsum. One option is landfill with separate monocells in order to appropriately deal with sulphate wastes. However, there are relatively few monocells in the United Kingdom designed for wastes such as plasterboard. Another option is to recycle the waste.

    Whilst you cannot put plasterboard in a skip, you can dispose of plasterboard using a jumbo bag. This 1 cubic metre bag is as cheap as £5 but can hold an impressive 200kg of plasterboard. With a plasterboard recycling service from RTS Waste Management, you will be issued with a separate Waste Transfer Note (WTN) waste to confirm Duty of Care is followed and that the waste material will be recycled appropriately at a licensed end destination. Did you know that recycled gypsum powder can be used to improve soil quality for farmers?

  3. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
    Sometimes abbreviated to WEEE, waste electrical and electronic equipment is a type of specialist waste that requires a specialist waste removal service. Electrical and electronic equipment includes a wide variety of different items, for example smoke detectors, televisions, computers, games consoles, washing machines, and more. A good ‘rule of thumb’ to follow when trying to identify items of waste that may be considered WEEE is, ‘If waste has a plug or a battery, it’s likely that the item is considered to be WEEE.’

    We understand that with many electrical and electronic items being general everyday items, it can be confusing for some to learn that these items are not suitable for general disposal. However, it is important to remember that electrical and electronic products can contain very hazardous materials, for example cadmium, lead, mercury, and even arsenic.

Make An Enquiry Today And Find The Waste Strategy That’s Right For You Business

As a registered Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier, we are committed to providing high quality solutions and services for the disposal of waste in manner that follows the waste hierarchy. If you are interested in how our waste management services can provide your business with an integrated waste solution, or if you’re interested in our waste management services we can help your company achieve zero to landfill, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff by calling 0207 232 1711.

Additionally, clients can also contact our team by email:


Commercial clients interested in our waste management services are advised to email our Commercial Business Development Director, Harry Sirpal –
Harrys@rtswaste.co.uk.

Construction clients who would like to discuss waste disposal are advised to send an email to James Redmond, who is our sales director for construction clients – jamesr@rtswaste.co.uk.