What Can You Put in a Skip Bin?

Hiring a skip bin is an ideal way to dispose of most types of household rubbish and garden waste, especially if you have a lot of it or are planning a big clean-out.

However, there are strict laws and regulations around how to dispose of certain types of waste that affect what can and can’t be placed in a skip bin.

It is important to understand these rules as they apply to the types of waste you want to get rid of. Disposing of certain materials and types of waste, or mixing them incorrectly, in a skip bin can attract additional fees or require that your rubbish is returned to you.

To help you avoiding any additional charges, Just Skips has prepared this simple guide outlining the two types of limitations that apply to skips:

  1. Some types of waste can be disposed of in a skip bin, but they must not be mixed with any other types of waste. See each of the waste types listed below for more information.
  2. Some types of waste must not be put in skip bins at all. This mostly applies to rubbish containing hazardous materials or chemicals (including electronics), but a full list of prohibited waste types is listed at the end of this guide.

As well as this guide, our skip bin hire form has been designed to help you plan to ensure you avoid any extra charges by asking you to specify the waste items you intend to dispose of.

If you have further questions regarding the type of waste you have, please contact our experienced staff at Just Skips and they will happily assist you.

General Waste

What general rubbish can go in a skip?

Most general household waste can be put in a skip bin; including things like boxes, timber, furniture, white goods, some electronic appliances, clothes, toys, carpet and most types of green waste.

Inner spring mattresses can also be placed in a skip if this is arranged prior to delivery of the skip. In order to cover processing costs, there is an additional fee for disposing of mattresses.

Prohibited Waste Items

To avoid additional charges, do not include any of the following items with general waste:

Bricks, concrete, soil, food waste, asbestos, liquid waste (including paints, oils, thinners and chemicals), tyres, LPG cylinders, batteries, TVs and computers (including monitors and keyboards).

Bricks and concrete can be disposed of in a skip, but they must be disposed of separately from any other type of waste. This rule also applies to sand, soil and dirt. Please see the sections below for more information.

Many electronics, such as computers and televisions, cannot be disposed of in a skip. The Electronics section below has more details.

See our General Waste page for more information on filling a skip with household rubbish.

Bricks & Concrete

Can bricks and concrete go into a skip bin?

Bricks and concrete cannot be disposed of in a general waste skip: they must be disposed of separately.

A skip containing bricks and concrete can include only bricks, pavers, concrete, ceramic floor tiles and roof tiles.

No other materials can be included, even in the smallest quantities. This even includes materials like cardboard and dirt. Disposal facilities enforce these rules strictly and will charge additional fees if any other materials are included.

See our Bricks & Concrete page for more information, including details on weight restrictions and filling instructions.

Sand, Dirt & Soil

Sand, dirt and soil cannot be disposed of in a general waste skip: they must be disposed of separately.

No other materials can be included, even in the smallest quantities. This even includes materials like cardboard and green waste. Disposal facilities enforce these rules strictly and will charge additional fees if any other materials are included.

See our Sand, Soil & Dirt page for more information, including details on weight restrictions and filling instructions.

Green Waste

Green waste includes grass, leaves, branches, woodchips, bark and other organic materials.

It does not include materials like sand, soil, dirt or putrescible waste (including food waste, nappies and pet waste).

Green waste can be disposed of with general waste, and the rules outlining what can’t be included with green waste are very similar.

Bricks, concrete, soil, food waste, asbestos, liquid waste (paints, oils, thinners, chemicals), tyres, LPG cylinders, electronics and batteries cannot be included with green waste.

Additional rules also apply to how a skip can be filled with green waste. Please see our green waste removal page for details.

Electronics

Although most electronics must be disposed of or recycled at a designated centre, some electronic s can be placed in a skip. For the most up-to-date information regarding approved electronic waste, have a chat to the team at Just Skips.

The following items should never be placed in a skip bin:

Printers, scanners, keyboards, computers (monitors and hard drives, including laptops and tablets), mice (computer), monitors, photocopiers, television sets.

There are four free drop-off locations for e-waste in South Australia. See our e-waste page for more information.

What Can’t You Put in a Skip Bin?

The following items and types of waste should never be placed into any skip bin.

  • Putrescible waste (including food waste, nappies and pet waste)
  • Liquid waste (including paints, oils, chemicals and thinners)
  • LPG gas cylinders
  • Asbestos
  • Hazardous waste
  • Tyres
  • Batteries
  • E-Waste (electronic waste)

Please contact us if you have any rubbish you are unsure about, Just Skips are always happy to provide free advice.