Can You Put Waste in Someone Else’s Skip?

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You have a few black bin bags filled with waste that need getting rid of. You see your neighbour has hired a skip, can you put your rubbish in someone else's skip? In this article we will discuss everything you need to know about putting items in someone else's skip. 

Can I put Waste in Other People's Skips?

Simply No, you should not put anything into someone else's skip(unless you have gained permission from the person who has hired the skip). The person has paid to hire the skip and therefore to some degree using their skip is theft. Disposing of a few items in someone else's skip without permission is seen as fly tipping and therefore is illegal.

Who is Responsible for Fly Tipped Waste in a Skip?

Unfortunately any waste that has been placed in a skip will be the responsibility of the person who has hired it. So if any prohibited items have been fly tipped into a hired skip the person who paid for it will have to deal with any additional costs from the skip hire company.

How can I Report Fly Tipping?

To report fly tipping contact your local authority. It may be difficult to prove someone has dumped rubbish in your skip unless you have a CCTV camera or photo evidence. Another option if you see fly tipping occurring is to call the non emergency police number. Reporting fly tipping is a community responsibility, helping out your neighbours so in turn they will help you in a time of need.

What is the Penalty For Fly-Tipping?

If you are caught fly tipping, including putting rubbish and unwanted items into someone's skip you can be fined up to £5000.

How to Prevent others Putting Stuff in your Skip?

To avoid people from dumping rubbish into your skips there are a few things you can do:

  • Speak with your neighbours ask them to report fly tipping if they see it

  • You can place the skip onto private property, meaning people will have to trespass to dump their waste.

  • Hire a lockable/enclosed skip to prevent illegal dumping

  • Cover the Skip, simply placing a plastic sheet over the skip can deter people.

  • Place the skip near lighting and CCTV

Dispose of Waste Responsibly

If you need to dispose of some household waste do not fly tip and put it in someone's else's bin. Be responsible:

  • Use your wheelie bin where you can

  • Hire Your Own Skip

  • Take any recyclable materials to the recycling centre

  • Take any unrecyclable waste to land fill.



Do not put rubbish in someone else's skip, you could face legal action. Look out for your neighbour and report fly tipping.

Author: Spencer Murphy

Date: 10/18/2022

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