A skip is a large open-topped waste container designed for loading onto a special type of truck. Skips are commonly used to hold open-topped loads of construction and demolition waste, other various waste, and even residential waste left over from home renovation projects. The construction debris that goes into a skip may originate from a building, renovation, or demolition site; building supplies can be delivered to a site in a skip that is later used to remove waste.
Skips are also used for various cleaning-out jobs that need much material to be taken away, and at factories producing large quantities of scrap metal. The material in the skip may be taken to a landfill, recycled or recovered/disposed of in some other way. Instead of being emptied into a garbage truck on site, as a wheelie bin is, a skip is removed, or replaced by an empty skip, and then tipped at a landfill site or transfer station.
Skip Bin Design
Typically skip bins have a distinctive shape: the longitudinal cross-section of the skip bin is either a trapezoid or two stacked trapezoids. The lower trapezoid has the smaller edge at the bottom of the skip bin, and a longer edge at the top. Where there is an upper trapezoid, it has the smaller edge at the top. At either end of the skip bin there is a sloping floor or wall. There are usually two lugs at the ends of the bin onto which chains can be attached, permitting the heavy skip bin to be lifted onto and off a lorry.
Types of Skip Bins
There are a few different types of skip containers, the majority of them can be classified into 3 groups:
- Open skip – Open skips allow easier loading of waste materials and are commonly found on construction sites.
- Closed skip – Closed skips are more secure and prevent unauthorized use of the skip. Moreover, they ensure that the volume of waste does not exceed the maximum limit.
- RORO skip – Roll-on and roll-off skips are similar to open skips, but instead of being lifted onto a skip loader wagon by chains, they are rolled on to a wagon with a hook. They are more common as industrial containers and are not suitable for domestic uses
Interested in Hiring a Skip?
If you think you need a skip, be sure to keep in mind that If you produce a lot of junk, whether it be household or commercial junk, how you choose to dispose of it can have dire effects on the environment. While dumping junk is often the easy way out for many, there are certain laws that should be followed. It is important that you abide by the laws of junk removal; otherwise you’ll be liable to pay hefty fines. Your junk should always be disposed at a proper recovery center. You’ll need to dispose of your junk only on designated disposal days. Also, you’ll need to sort and separate your rubbish carefully before disposal.
If you have further questions about what can be put into a skip, or how to dispose of your rubbish on your own, contact a local skip bin hire company near you.