Don’t put these items in your Skip Bin.

Plus a quick guide on how to safely dispose of your prohibited items. 

When hiring a skip bin it is important to know that there are some disallowed items. As a general rule, the items that are prohibited from skips are dangerous and cannot be put into landfill. They usually have particular safety handling processes and need to be disposed with specialists. 

So how do you know what is prohibited and importantly, where can you dispose of those items? Allows us to make this a little easier for you. 

For more answers to frequently asked questions click here

IMPORTANT – the information in this article may have changed since publishing – please confirm with our office staff.



Asbestos is known to cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer, As such, it cannot be placed in skip bins. This would be hazardous to all who come into contact with it. Our drivers, waste facility staff and to you. 

The safest option is to hire a licensed asbestos contractor to remove and dispose of asbestos. You can find a local asbestos removal contractor through the Demolition and Asbestos Industry Association (QLD) here. Contractors cannot take asbestos to just any landfill centre as they must be licensed to dispose of asbestos. For instance, certain city council facilities. 

Want to know if your home has asbestos? As a general rule, the following guidelines can be used: 

  • Homes built before the mid 1980’s it is more than likely that your home contains asbestos products. 
  • Homes built between the mid 1980’2 and 1990 are likely to have asbestos products 
  • Since Jan 1988 asbestos has been banned from use in building products. Therefore homes built after 1990 are unlikely to contain asbestos products.

Fibro cement sheeting and fibreglass roof sheeting 

There is a high likelihood that the fibro contains asbestos. Thus for the safety of all, it cannot be placed in skip bins.

Fibro cement sheeting should also be handled by licensed asbestos contractors and recycled at licensed facilities only. You can find an asbestos contractor across QLD here

Foods and Liquids 

Jumbo cannot accept food or liquids in skip bins. Food is classed as domestic household waste. Regular household waste that goes in your bin can’t be placed in the skip. 

Liquids are restricted and a licence is required to carry them if they are dangerous. Liquids need to be looked after and treated with specific handling processes. 

Chemicals or hazardous liquids of any kind

All chemicals are toxic and hazardous making them dangerous to staff at Jumbo and at our disposal centres. Thus chemicals cannot be placed into skip bins. Other hazardous liquids include paint, oil, poisons and pesticides. 

If you have a small volume of chemicals that you need to dispose of they can be taken to City Council drop off centres on one of their free drop off days. Check the drop off calendar for Brisbane City here

If you have a large volume of chemical waste it is worth hiring a qualified specialist. There are a number of hazardous waste management companies across Brisbane and the Gold Coast who will safely dispose of these substances for you. 

Paint recycling

There is a specific initiative called paint back where you can recycle old and excess paint. See the program details here. The paint is free to drop off with Paint Back. 

Gas bottles or any pressurised cylinder

Whether full or empty, gas bottles are hazardous and cannot be placed in skip bins. Nor can they be put into garbage trucks or landfill. Gas bottles must be collected separately for recycling. Gas cylinders can be refilled many times or alternatively recycled. We found that Planet Ark offers a guide to recycling your tank here.

Brisbane City Council also accepts gas bottles on designated drop off days for hazardous waste. You can view their calendar for this here

Fire Extinguishers 

Fire extinguishers cannot go in skip bins because they are potentially pressurised and dangerous. They fall under the category of regulated waste as they contain radioactive material. Old fire extinguishers can be disposed of at specific drop off centres.The following links will take you to the drop off centres in your region. 

  • Moreton Bay council hazardous recycling details here.
  • Brisbane City council hazardous recycling here
  • Gold Coast recycling locations here.  
  • Sunshine Coast hazardous recycling details here
  • Ipswich City hazardous recycling details here
  • Logan City hazardous recycling details here
  • Redlands City hazardous recycling details here


Batteries cannot be placed in skip bins as they contain dangerous materials including lead and acid. Brisbane City council accepts batteries and other hazardous waste on designated drop off days throughout the year. You can view their calendar and drop off centres through here

Oil Heaters 

Oil heaters cannot be placed in skip bins because of the hazardous oil component. They can be taken to council facilities on hazardous waste drop off days throughout the year. View the calendar for Brisbane City council here

Human or animals or animal waste 

Faeces animals and animal waste are all prohibited from skip bins. 

Medical Waste 

All medical waste is prohibited from skip bins. 

Vehicle tyres 

Disposing of old tyres can be tricky because there are very few eco-friendly ways to do so. If tyres are illegally dumped they end up polluting our soil and rivers or they may catch fire leading to significant hazardous air pollution. 

Tyres are generally disposed of at your local dump or for large quantities there are specialists who may collect for you. 


Mattresses without springs are accepted in your skip bin. Mattresses with springs incur an additional charge because they require special treatment at processing facilities. 

Polystyrene and Coolite 

Polystyrene is prohibited because of the environmental hazard it causes when broken down. 

There are companies that will recycle polystyrene however there is a fee involved. Learn more about recycling your Polystyrene in Brisbane through Planet Ark here

For more answers to frequently asked questions click here.