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What Can You Put in a Hippo Bag – the Ultimate Guide

16 July 2021

What can you put in a Hippo bag? If you're using a Hippobag or skip bag to dispose of your waste, this guide covers everything you need to know about what you can or cannot put in it, including how this differs if you get the bag collected or emptied by a waste company other than Hippowaste.

This guide covers:

  1. Hippo bag accepted waste
  2. Hippo bag prohibited waste summary
  3. asbestos
  4. batteries
  5. clinical waste
  6. soil
  7. plasterboard
  8. rubble
  9. paint
  10. mattress
  11. glass 
  12. food waste
  13. clothes
  14. carpet and flooring
  15. washing machines and bulky appliances
  16. TV
  17. fridge

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1. What can you put in a Hippo bag?

A Hippo bag is really nothing more than a small skip.  So basically you can put anything in it that you would put in a skip. The following list covers the most popular types of rubbish that people use hippobags for.

Note: items marked with an asterisk may incur extra charges, and items marked in red are not allowed by Hippowaste, but are allowed if you use an independent waste collector to remove or empty your Hippo bag.

  • Bathroom & Kitchen renovation, repairs & refurbishment waste
  • Furniture (broken down or as it is)
  • Boilers & Cylinders
  • Carpet, flooring material, carpet tiles, and underlay, wood flooring*
  • Construction, builders, trade & DIY waste
  • Electrical appliances*
  • Fridge*
  • Garden waste, garden refuse and cuttings
  • Glass and windows
  • General household waste (but not foodwaste)
  • Insulation material
  • Mattress
  • Metal, iron, scrap metal
  • Packaging, Paper and Cardboard
  • Plasterboard or Gypsum (however this needs to be kept separate from other waste)*
  • Rags and Wipes (not oily)
  • Roofing Material,guttering, felt, roof tiles
  • Rubble, bricks
  • Soil, turf, sand, grit*
  • Tyres*
  • Textiles, clothing, shoes, duvets, curtains
  • Wood and timber


2. What can’t you put in a Hippo bag?

The main thing you cannot put in a Hippo bag is hazardous waste (which includes animal waste, asbestos, batteries, clinical waste,  explosives, fluorescent tubes, gas bottles, liquid waste, oily rags / motor parts, sodium lamps,  or toxic substances)

If you use Hippowaste (the company that sells Hippobags) to remove your bag, they also prohibit the items listed below.  These additional restrictions are because Hippowaste uses trucks with a mechanical hoist to lift the bag up which have weight bearing limits and also because, like any large company, they have to simplify their prices, so exclude stuff that costs a bit more to dispose of.  On the other hand, most independent waste collection businesses will take these items for an extra charge.

  • Electrical appliances
  • Food waste
  • Big (ie. very heavy) tree roots
  • Mattresses
  • Tyres
  • Paint
  • Cement
  • Sawdust
  • Gypsum

3. Can I put asbestos in a Hippo bag?

No, asbestos cannot be disposed of in Hippo bags or skip bags.  Because they are hazardous waste, they need to be disposed of differently.  If you are unfortunate to discover asbestos in your home, check out our asbestos disposal guide.


4. Can I put batteries in a Hippo bag?

No, batteries are considered hazardous waste and can’t be put in a Hippo bag.  There are lots of disposal points across the UK for batteries, often in supermarkets, DIY stores or your local HWRC.

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5. Can I put clinical waste in a Hippo bag?

You can’t dispose of clinical waste in a Hippobag because it's hazardous.  Instead, you’ll need to either use your local council’s hazardous waste collection service, visit your local HWRC or pay a specialist waste contractor to remove it for you.


6. Can I put soil in a Hippobag?

Soil can be put in a skip bag, but keep in mind that soil is quite heavy and there are weight restrictions so keep this in mind when filling your bag.

7. Can I put plasterboard in a Hippobag?

You can dispose of plasterboard in a Hippo bag but it must be kept separate from other waste.  You can segregate the waste by bagging it or wrapping it up.  It needs to be separated because it can degrade into powder, making it very difficult to separate from other waste in the recycling process.


8. Can I put rubble in a Hippo bag?

Rubble and other construction waste can go in a skip but bear in mind there is a weight restriction for Hippo bags.  If you exceed this weight restriction, they will refuse to take the skip bag away.


9. Can I put paint in a Hippo bag?

If you have paint to dispose of, you’ll have to use an alternative disposal method as you can’t put any liquid waste in a skip bag.  It’s considered hazardous waste and therefore dangerous.  Check out our paint disposal guide to find out how best to dispose of empty, half-full and full tins of paint.


10. Can I put a mattress in a Hippobag?

A mattress can be disposed of in a Hippobag, but you’ll be charged extra for it.  You could however have your skip bag collected by a van & man team and this wouldn’t incur a surcharge. 


11. Can I put glass in a Hippobag?

Glass is easily recyclable and can be put in a Hippo bag, as long as it’s wrapped to avoid any injury when the waste is being sorted for recycling.

12. Can I put food waste in a Hippobag?

No, food waste cannot be disposed of in a skip bag.  Food waste is best disposed of at home, either in your general waste household bin or food waste bin if you have one.


13. Can I put clothes in a Hippobag?

Clothes and textiles are allowed in skip bags but if you’re looking to be as green as possible, consider donating or selling the clothes so they can go to a new home.

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14. Can I put carpet in a Hippobag?

Yes, carpets can are allowed in Hippo and skip bags.  There are lots of other ways to recycle carpets though, including reuse.  Check our out ultimate guide to carpet disposal.

Also, if you need guidance on how to uplift your carpet, check out this guide.


15. Can I put a washing machine in a Hippobag?

Yes, washing machines and other white goods such as dishwashers and tumble dryers can go in a Hippo bag.  Btw, fridges and freezers can’t - see below for why.


16. Can I put a TV in a Hippobag?

No, unfortunately, you can’t put a TV in a Hippobag or even a skip.  You can however dispose of it by hiring a man & van waste contractor, using your local council WEEE collection service or taking it to your local HWRC (although you should double-check beforehand if they accept TVs as some not all do).


17. Can I put a fridge in a Hippobag?

You can’t put a fridge in a Hippobag, but don’t worry - you could ask a man & van removal company to collect and recycle it for you.  They’ll even leave you with the skip bag for reuse.

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