Allowed vs. not allowed: The complete checklist for storage containers

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Whether your home is bursting at the seams and you need to find some much-needed space, or you need a solution for business storage, household storage container units or business use containers could be the perfect solution, but do you know the dos and don’ts when it comes to what’s allowed in container storage units for rent? Read on as we take you through a comprehensive guide.

Food or perishable goods

Storage containers are not suitable for food or perishable items. Any food left in containers can quickly start to deteriorate, which brings issues from unwanted smells attracting pests.

Pollutants or contaminated goods

Toxic materials can sometimes be the result of house renovations or industrial cleaning. While you may not be sure of the best way to deal with such materials, a storage unit is not the answer. If we take asbestos as the example, the risk to human health is significant when the fibres are released into the air and as such, specialist asbestos handling must be followed to dispose of the material. Any radioactive waste must never be left in storage such as this.

Firearms or explosives

The risk of igniting a fire through the combustion of explosive material means storage facilities are not the place to keep these types of materials. Remember that fireworks also fall into this category, so if you’re thinking of stocking up ready for next year’s bonfire night, remember you will not be able to store these in a storage unit.


A storage facility is not a suitable environment for any animal, and the use of a storage unit for this purpose is strictly prohibited. Ensure before taking on the responsibility of any animal that you have the right environment to care for it properly.

Illegal items

An obvious but important category, you cannot store anything illegal. Any illegal items found on the premises will be immediately reported to the relevant authorities.

So, if you’ve found us by typing in ‘rent a container for storage near me’, ask yourself if the items you’re looking to store are appropriate for the facility. If so, we look forward to discussing your storage needs! Get started today by filling in our contact form or calling 01352 870 688.