Dan Walker says 'maybe I'm being an idiot' as he vents about junk being dumped in his skip

Channel 5 news presenter Dan Walker was stunned when people loaded up his skip with their rubbish
Channel 5 news presenter Dan Walker was stunned when people loaded up his skip with their rubbish without asking -Credit:ITV

Newsreader Dan Walker has vented his frustration over strangers using his skip to dump their junk. The 5 News presenter revealed people have chucked kitchen cupboards, bin bags and even an old loo in there.

The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant shared a photograph of his full skip on X and said: “I’m aware there are far more important things going on in the world but… are there accepted boundaries when it comes to other people’s skips?

“My dad always taught us that, if you want to pop something in someone else’s skip, you wait a few days and then you go and ask if they have any space left and they mind. We had one this week, right outside the house, while we had some work done. Everyday there has been loads of new stuff in there - a toilet, fence posts, kitchen cupboards, bin bags etc - and no-one has asked!”

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The Classic FM presenter went on to ask followers: “What do you think? Maybe I’m being an idiot.” However many agreed with his ‘skip etiquette’ with Joey replying: “Definitely should ask. You’ve gone to the effort to source and pay for it.”

Natalief wrote: “They should ask! On the opposite side I have had people rummage through my skips for metal… but most knocked on the door to ask first.” Nat.right.now said: “My brother hired a skip and went to the effort every night to securely tie a tarpaulin over the top every night to stop exactly this happening. Seemed extreme, but worked!”

JustHire said people dumping their rubbish in other people's skips could be accused of fly tipping. The website warned: ”If you are caught fly tipping, including putting rubbish and unwanted items into someone’s skip you can be fined up to £5,000.

"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.”