Over the last 25 years, thousands of customers have used Enviro Skip Hire to dispose of their junk. The company has seen all sorts of strange items getting thrown out. In this blog post, we have compiled a list of the strangest things to have been thrown out by customers from around the globe.
The Strangest Things Found in Skip Bins around the World
Here is a list of the oddest things found inside waste skip bins:
1 – Centuries-Old Books
It’s not uncommon for skip bin companies to find old books in skips. When a client hires a skip bin from a skip hire company, they can be assured that the books they throw out are disposed of correctly.
2 – Long-Lost Wedding Albums
When a client throws out something like a wedding album, they no doubt want it to be recycled. The company will always recycle anything possible, but it can often be hard to do when several pages have been ripped out.
3 – Guitars
Guitars are often disposed of when a client is moving house because they really aren’t that heavy. The client might just be sick of their old guitar and want a better one.
4 – Expensive Bean Bags
Some companies also like to throw out their expensive bean bags that they no longer need. They often think that they’ll need to take them to the tip, but they can actually throw them out in the bin. The bin man will take the bin to the local recycling centre.
5 – Cell Phones
A lot of people don’t know how to dispose of their old cell phones. If they know they’re getting a new phone, they might just go with throwing them out.
6 – Expensive Shoes
When you don’t want your old shoes anymore, you might be inclined to throw them in the skip. However, they will be crushed. You can recycle your old shoes, donate them to Charity or even sell them on ebay for a few pounds.
7 – Old Electronics
Old electronics can be a hazard to the environment. The hard drive of an old computer can contain all kinds of sensitive information, and it’s possible that several clients have had their personal information stolen because of their old computer.
8 – Money
Yes, some clients have actually thrown money into their skip bin. Most of the time, it was probably human error that caused actual monetary bills and coins to land in a skip bin, but it has been known to happen in the past.
9 – Antiques
Sometimes clients will throw out antiques that are more than 100 years old. They might think they’re old and just get rid of them. A skip bin company will always tell you whether they’re able to recycle antiques.
10 – Tyres
Tyres are often thrown out when they are old. They are too heavy to throw out of the regular trash, so they are often tossed in the skip bin. A skip bin company will then take the tyres to a recycling centre, where they will be shredded and then disposed of correctly.
11 – Grenades and Explosives
Some skip bin companies have also found explosives in skips. It’s not a common occurrence, but it has happened in the past.
12 – Cans of Paint
When a house is being painted, a lot of the paint cans get thrown out. However, there are a few things people should be aware of before throwing them out. Firstly, it might seem like a good idea to recycle a paint tin, but unless it is completely empty you should avoid this, because the contents of the cans are often toxic and potentially dangerous.
Second, paint cans sometimes contain a bit of flammable material. If your old paint can have this, you should avoid throwing out the can and call your local skip hire company for advice.
13 – Empty Bottles
A lot of people throw out empty bottles when they don’t need them anymore. A lot of times, it’s not such a bad thing because they will recycle the bottles and get some money back, but it’s always best to check with your local recycling company.
14 – Children’s Toys
Children’s toys are often thrown out when a client is getting a new phone. They often think that their old phone is broken and that it’s not worth fixing. However, if it’s a kids’ toy, it’s most likely worth keeping.
15 – Goldfish
A strange number of people throw out goldfish. Some people do this because they’re sick of taking care of the fish. Some people do this because they are just sick of goldfish. Regardless of why they are throwing them out, it’s a bit strange that they have to get rid of them in a skip bin.
16 – Petrol
This might seem like a dangerous thing to throw out, but it happens quite often. Some people don’t know that they have a bottle of petrol in their house, and they throw it out when they think they don’t need it. These aren’t little bottles, either. They are often over a litre in size. If a bottle of petrol is thrown out, the bottle will probably have to be taken to a hazardous waste centre before it can be disposed of correctly.
17 – Fireplaces
When a house needs to be renovated, the homeowner will often throw out their fireplaces. They think that they’ll have to get rid of them later, and they just get rid of them now. However, a lot of the time, their fireplaces are recyclable. They just need to be taken to a recycling centre before they can be disposed of properly.
Skips are extremely useful to hire, and they can hold a lot of unwanted waste – however, you should, of course, be very careful about what you put into the skip! Skip hire companies are very particular about the sort of waste that you can dispose of, and as such you should always check with the company in question if you are in any way unsure.
Should you be looking to hire a skip bin, contact Enviro Skip Hire. We are a family run skip hire and aggregate company servicing Staffordshire. Check out our wide range of skip sizes and aggregates.