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What can or can’t go in general waste skips?

Businesses are back up and running, which means that your waste is starting to pile up again too and you may have organised a general waste skip.

For those of you who took some time to renovate or make changes during the lockdown – you may well have a skip full (or two!) of waste for us our Cornwall Waste Solutions’ drivers to collect. If you haven’t organised a skip, you can read about our different business waste services.

Following the government guidelines, businesses are recommended to everything you can to minimise your waste by preventing, reuse, recycling or recovering waste. If you are ready to reduce your waste why not get in touch to organise a waste audit.

What can I put into a skip?

Skips are versatile containers that can hold many types of waste.

For legal reasons, there are certain types of wastes that we can’t collect in a skip. That means they need to be stored in different containers so that our drivers can collect it separately to dispose of it safely, efficiently and in the most environmentally friendly way possible. We’ve put together a checklist for your skip waste.

What can go in a general waste skip?

  • Wood
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Paper/ cardboard
  • Bricks
  • Rubble
  • Concrete
  • Non-contaminated soil
  • Garden waste
  • Mattresses (but will be charged as additional per item)

What can’t go in a general waste skip?

  • Fridges and freezers
  • Plasterboard
  • Asbestos
  • Tyres
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent tubes or WEEE Waste items
  • Paints (Inc. residue in paint tins)
  • Aerosols and gas canisters
  • Oil
  • Liquids
  • Contaminated soil


If you are still unsure or have any questions, please contact us for support or advice. We’ll be happy to help!

Contact us on email – or give us a call – 01726 218755.