Inert Waste Skips Vs General Waste Skips

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Posted by Keith Hirst on 30 September 2019

What’s the difference between inert waste skips and general waste skips?

Inert waste includes materials such as clay, subsoil, chalk, hardcore, sand, concrete and rubble – materials that are unreactive and do not decompose. Due to the type of waste that is deposited into an inert waste skip, they are ideally suited to industrial customers, whereas, general waste skips are better suited to domestic and commercial customers. The type of waste that goes into a general waste skips include wood, furnishings, plastics, packaging, books, etc. 

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Can I put general waste into an inert waste skip?

You should not put general waste into an inert waste skip. Inert waste can be reused for other construction projects on the same site or other sites.

For example:

  • Hardcore can be crushed into small aggregates and used for hardscaping projects and garden design (take a look at our previous blog post for tips and inspiration!)
  • Old concrete can be reused to lay paths and stepping stones
  • Used bricks can be reused for garden edging 


Can I put inert waste into general waste skip?

You can put some inert waste into general waste skips such as bricks and slabs, but there must be a mix of waste because there are weight restrictions with non-inert skips, which you need to stick to. Plastics, wood, paper and furnishings can be reused and recycled from general waste skips.


Can I put hazardous waste into an inert waste skip?

No, you can’t put hazardous waste into an inert waste skip, it can contaminate reusable materials. Since inert waste doesn’t decompose, like general waste does over the years, it is a serious issue for our environment. This is why it’s important to ensure you do not contaminate this type of waste, so that it can be reused. 

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Types of hazardous waste includes:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Asbestos 
  • Batteries 
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Tyres
  • Medical waste
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Oil and fuels
  • Paints or liquids 
  • Perishable waste

To help reduce landfill waste, Thompson Fuels supply some inert waste products such as bricks and aggregates, so that they can be reused for building and construction purposes. If you’d like to know more about us and how we can help you to do your bit for the environment, call today. We operate throughout Armthorpe, Besscarr and Rossington. 

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