Welcome to our skip bin glossary. If you’re dealing with waste from a home project, a building site, or a business, knowing these words will help you choose the right service.

Whether you’re a homeowner, a construction manager, or a business owner, understanding these terms will ensure you make informed decisions about your waste disposal needs.

Let’s make it easy – here’s a list of common skip bin terms with clear explanations to help you get started.



Asbestos — A hazardous material once common in construction. It is now banned in many countries. Requires special handling when found in waste due to health risks.


Bin Dimension (Skip Bin Dimension) — Refers to the measured size of a skip bin, typically in length, width, and height, determining the volume of waste it can contain.

Bin Placement — The designated location where a skip bin is placed for loading, which must be accessible for delivery and pickup, and safe for public and property.

Bin Size (Skip Bin Size) — Indicates the capacity of a skip bin to accommodate different scales of waste management needs. It’s usually measured in cubic meters (e.g., 2m³, 4m³, 6m³, etc.). Read more about our skip bin sizes.

Bin Tipper — A mechanical device used for lifting and emptying the contents of bins into waste trucks, facilitating efficient waste handling.


Cancellation Policy — The terms and conditions that outline the process and potential costs involved when a customer cancels a skip bin hire service. Read more about our Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Clean Fill/Soil — Uncontaminated soil with no debris, often used for land remediation and construction purposes, accepted in specific skip bins for disposal.

Closed Skip — A skip bin with a lid or cover, used to secure waste, prevent unauthorized access, and protect contents from weather conditions.

Collection Date — The pre-arranged or requested day on which the skip bin will be picked up from the customer’s location after being filled.

Collection Fee — A charge applied for collecting and transporting a filled skip bin to the waste processing facility or landfill.

Collection Routes — Predetermined paths taken by waste management vehicles to pick up filled skip bins from various locations efficiently.

Commercial Skip Bin — A large skip bin designed for commercial entities to dispose of substantial amounts of waste generated from business activities. Find out more about our Commercial Skip Bins.

Confirmation Email — An electronic communication sent to customers to verify the details and confirm the booking of a skip bin hire service.

Construction Waste — Debris generated from construction activities, including materials like wood, concrete, metals, and glass, often requiring specialized disposal.

Construction Waste Skip Bin — A durable skip bin designed for construction debris, including materials like wood, metal, concrete, and plaster. C&D waste requires proper disposal due to its mixed composition.

Contamination Fee — A charge imposed if prohibited materials are found in the skip bin, necessitating additional handling and disposal procedures.

Council Permit — An official authorization required in some areas to place a skip bin on public property, such as a street or sidewalk.

Covers (Lid) — A top cover for a skip bin, used to secure the contents and prevent spillage or wind-blown litter.

Custom Skip Bin — A specially designed skip bin to meet specific requirements, such as size, shape, or functionality, for unique waste management needs.


Delivery Fee — A charge for the transportation and placement of a skip bin at the customer’s chosen location.

Demolition Waste — Waste material resulting from the demolition of buildings or structures, including bricks, wood, metal, and concrete, which requires proper sorting and disposal.

Disposal Fees — Charges applied for the final disposal of waste in a landfill or recycling facility, often based on the type and weight of the waste.

Drop Door Skip Bin — A skip bin equipped with a hinged door that allows for easier loading of heavy or bulky waste, often by wheelbarrow or trolley.

Drop-Off Date — The scheduled date when a skip bin is delivered and placed at the customer’s specified location.

Drop-Off Location — The specific place where a skip bin is to be delivered and set up for the customer to fill with waste.

Dumpster — A large container for waste, commonly used in the United States, similar to a skip bin, but often with a top cover and sometimes with wheels for mobility.


E-waste — Electronic waste, including discarded electrical or electronic devices. Which can be hazardous and require special disposal methods.

Environmental Compliance — Adherence to environmental laws and regulations in waste disposal. It ensures that waste management practices do not harm the environment.

Environmental Impact — The effect that waste disposal and management practices have on the natural environment, including factors like pollution and resource depletion.

Environmental Responsibility — The ethical obligation to conduct waste management activities in a manner that protects the environment and conserves resources for future generations.

Extension Fee — A charge incurred when a customer needs to keep a skip bin beyond the agreed-upon rental period.


Fill Level — The maximum safe height to which a skip bin can be filled, usually indicated by a marked line, to ensure safe transport and compliance with regulations.

Front Load Bin (Front Load Dumpster) — A waste container designed for commercial use with slots at the front for a waste truck to attach and empty the bin without the need for lifting over the top.


General Waste — Non-hazardous waste materials commonly produced by households or businesses, excluding toxic, reactive, corrosive, or flammable materials.

Green Practices — Environmentally friendly methods and procedures adopted in waste management to minimize the ecological footprint and promote sustainability.

Green Waste — Biodegradable waste composed of garden or park vegetation, such as grass clippings, leaves, and branches, which can be composted or mulched.

Green Waste Skip Bin — A skip bin specifically designated for garden and organic waste. It includes grass clippings, branches, leaves, and other biodegradable materials. Find out more about our Green Waste Skip Bin.


Hardfill — Waste consisting of hard materials like concrete, bricks, and tiles, often requiring separate disposal from general and green waste due to its non-compressible nature.

Hazardous Waste — Waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment, including chemicals, asbestos, and batteries, requiring special disposal methods.

Heavy Waste — Dense and heavy materials such as soil, concrete, and rubble. Which may incur additional charges due to the increased weight and disposal costs.

Hire Agreement (Rental Agreement) — A contract outlining the terms and conditions of the skip bin hire, including rental period, fees, and usage guidelines.

Hook Lift Bin — A large waste container designed for industrial or commercial use, equipped with a hook lift system for easy loading and unloading from a vehicle.


Industrial Skip Bin — A robust and large-sized skip bin designed for industrial use, capable of handling substantial volumes of commercial and construction waste.

Invoice — A document issued by the skip bin hire company detailing the services provided and requesting payment from the customer.


Landfill — A site designated for the disposal of waste materials, where trash is buried and managed to prevent contamination and harm to the environment.

Landfill Fee (Tip Fee) — A charge levied for disposing of waste in a landfill, typically based on the weight or volume of the waste material.

Large Skip Bin (Jumbo Skip Bin) — An extra-large skip bin suitable for significant waste removal projects, such as commercial renovations or large-scale cleanups.

Loading Capacity — The maximum amount of waste that a skip bin can safely hold, often measured in cubic meters or by weight limit.

Loading Ramp — A sloped access provided to facilitate the loading of heavy or bulky waste items into a skip bin, minimizing physical strain.

Local Skip Hire — A service provided by waste management companies offering skip bin rental to customers in a specific local area.

Lockable Cover (Lockable Lid) — A cover that can be locked onto a skip bin to secure its contents, prevent unauthorized access, and deter theft or additional dumping.


Maintenance Checklist — A list of tasks and inspections to be performed regularly on skip bins to ensure they are in good condition and safe for use.

Marrel Skip Bin — A type of skip bin with taller sides, typically used for commercial and industrial waste. It often requires a lift-on/lift-off truck for placement and removal.

Maxi Skip Bin — A large capacity skip bin, often used for major construction projects or large volumes of waste, accommodating between 10 to 16 cubic meters.

Midi Skip Bin — A medium-sized skip bin, usually ranging from 4 to 6 cubic meters, suitable for moderate amounts of household or garden waste.

Mini Skip Bin — The smallest size of skip bin available, perfect for small-scale waste disposal tasks like domestic clean-ups or minor renovations.

Mixed Waste — A combination of different types of waste materials, such as organic, recyclable, and general waste, all placed in the same bin, which may require sorting at a waste facility.

Mobile Skip — A skip bin on wheels, offering greater flexibility for placement and often used for residential or tight-space situations.


Next-Day Delivery — A service option where the skip bin is delivered the day after the order is placed, subject to booking time and availability.

Non-Hazardous Waste — Waste that does not pose an immediate threat to health or the environment, including most domestic, commercial, and industrial waste.


Online Booking — The process of reserving a skip bin hire service through the company’s internet platform, often available 24/7 for convenience.

Open Skip — A skip bin without a lid, allowing for easy loading of waste; suitable for a variety of waste types, including bulky items.

Overfilling (Overloading) — Exceeding the maximum fill level of a skip bin, which can be unsafe for transport and may result in additional charges or refusal of service.

Overweight Fee — A charge applied when the waste in the skip bin exceeds the agreed-upon weight limit, reflecting the extra costs of handling and disposal.


Payment Options — Various methods by which customers can pay for skip bin hire services, such as credit card, bank transfer, or cash.

Permits — Official documents required by some local councils for placing skip bins on public property, ensuring compliance with regulations.

Pickup Date — The scheduled or agreed-upon day when the skip bin will be collected from the customer’s location after use.

Pickup Fee — A charge for the service of retrieving the filled skip bin from the customer’s location and transporting it to a disposal or processing site.

Price Transparency — The practice of clearly displaying or communicating all costs associated with skip bin hire, with no hidden fees.

Privacy Policy — A statement or document that outlines how a company collects, uses, and protects the personal information of its customers, ensuring compliance with privacy laws. Read more about our Privacy Policy.

Prohibited Items — Materials that are not allowed in skip bins due to safety or environmental regulations, such as hazardous waste, liquids, and asbestos.


Rear Access — A feature of some skip bins that includes a door or gate at the rear, allowing for easier loading of heavy or bulky items.

Rear Load Bin (Rear Load Dumpster) — A waste container designed to be emptied from the rear, typically used in commercial settings, where waste is loaded from the front and the bin is emptied from the back by a collection vehicle.

Recycling — The process of converting waste into new materials, reducing the need for raw resources and the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Recycling Center — A facility where collected recyclable materials are sorted, cleaned, and processed into new products, playing a key role in waste management.

Rental Duration — The length of time for which a skip bin is hired, typically ranging from a few days to several weeks, as agreed upon in the hire agreement.

Rental Extension — An additional period added to the original rental duration, usually subject to availability and possibly additional fees.

Rental Period — The specific start and end dates during which the customer has access to the skip bin for waste disposal purposes.

Residential Skip Bin — Skip bins designed for use at private homes, suitable for handling household waste from cleanups, renovations, or garden work. Find out more about our Residential Skip Bins.

Return Policy — The terms under which a skip bin hire company will accept returns of bins or provide refunds, including conditions and time frames. Read more about our Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Roll-On / Roll-Off Skips (RoRo) — Large containers with wheels that roll on and off a transport vehicle, ideal for commercial and industrial waste with high volume.

Rubbish Removal — The service of removing waste from a customer’s premises. It typically involves the provision of a skip bin and its subsequent collection and disposal. Find out more about our rubbish removal service.


Same-Day Delivery — A service where the skip bin is delivered on the same day that the order is placed, subject to the timing of the order and availability.

Sand Skip Bin — A skip bin intended for the disposal of sand and other fine materials. It’s typically used in landscaping, building, or renovation projects. Find out more about our Sand Skip Bins.

Scheduling — The process of arranging specific dates and times for skip bin delivery, placement, and collection. It’s often coordinated to suit the customer’s project timeline.

Secure Bin — A skip bin designed with features like lockable lids or covers to prevent unauthorized use, protect contents, and deter wildlife.

Service Area (Delivery Area) — The geographic region within which a skip bin hire company operates and provides its services. It includes delivery and collection. Read more about our Service Areas.

Service Hours — The times during which a skip bin hire company is operational and available to provide services, take orders, and respond to customer inquiries.

Skip Bin — A large container designed for the disposal of waste materials from domestic, commercial, or construction sites, available in various sizes.

Skip Bin Accessibility — Refers to the ease with which a skip bin can be reached for filling and collection, affecting placement and potential permit requirements.

Skip Bin Availability — The extent to which different sizes or types of skip bins are in stock and can be hired by customers at any given time.

Skip Bin Booking — The act of reserving a skip bin for a specific period, often done via phone, online platforms, or in person.

Skip Bin Collection — The process of retrieving a filled skip bin from the customer’s location for disposal of its contents at a landfill or recycling centre.

Skip Bin Comparison — Evaluating different skip bins based on size, type, and cost to determine the most suitable option for a customer’s specific waste disposal needs.

Skip Bin Drop-Off (Delivery) — The service of transporting and placing a skip bin at a customer’s chosen location, ready for them to fill with waste.

Skip Bin Hire (Skip Hire) — The service of renting out skip bins for a specified period to dispose of waste from residential, commercial, or construction sites. Read more about our skip bin hire service.

Skip Bin Hire Company — A business that provides skip bins for rent, including delivery, rental, and waste disposal services.

Skip Bin Hire Rates (Skip Bin Price) — The cost of renting a skip bin. Which may vary based on bin size, rental duration, and type of waste being disposed of.

Skip Bin Loading — The act of filling a skip bin with waste, which should be done evenly and without exceeding the bin’s fill level to ensure safety and compliance.

Skip Bin Maintenance — Regular upkeep and repair of skip bins to ensure they are clean, functional, and safe for use by customers and waste management personnel.

Skip Bin Operators Insurance — Insurance coverage for skip bin hire companies, protecting against risks associated with bin hire, delivery, and waste management operations.

Skip Bin Stencils (Stickers) — Markings or labels used on skip bins for identification, instructions, or to display company branding and contact information.

Skip Bin Tracking — The use of systems or technology to monitor the location and status of skip bins, ensuring efficient management and logistics.

Skip Bin Truck — A specialized vehicle equipped with a hydraulic lift or roll-off system to transport and handle skip bins to and from customer sites.

Skip Bin Types — Various designs and sizes of skip bins, such as Marrel, Hooklift, and Mobile Skips. Each is suited to different waste types and disposal needs.

Skip Bin Unloading — The process of safely emptying the contents of a skip bin at a waste disposal facility or recycling centre after collection.

Skip Liner — A protective sheet or bag placed inside a skip bin to prevent leakage and contamination, making disposal cleaner and easier.

Skip Lock — A security device used to prevent unauthorized access to a skip bin’s contents, reducing the risk of illegal dumping or theft.

Skip Quote — An estimate provided by a skip bin hire company detailing the cost of renting a skip bin based on specific requirements and duration.

Skip Replacement — The service of replacing a full skip bin with another of the same size for consistent waste volume.

Skip Swap — A service that involves exchanging a full skip bin for another of a different size

Softfill Waste — Lighter, non-compactable waste materials such as cardboard, furniture, and green waste, as opposed to heavy or hardfill waste.

Soil Skip Bin — A skip bin used exclusively for soil waste, often resulting from excavation, gardening, or construction activities. It ensures clean fill disposal without contamination.

Supplier — Another company or entity that provides skip bins and waste management services. Through a partner program, suppliers may collaborate with other local skip bin providers to ensure consistent service availability, even during peak demand. Find out more about our Supplier Program.

Sustainable Practices — Eco-friendly methods and strategies adopted in waste management to minimize environmental impact and promote resource conservation.


Tarpaulin — A heavy-duty waterproof cover used to secure the top of a skip bin, preventing waste from escaping and protecting it from the weather.

Terms and Conditions — The legal agreement between the skip bin hire company and the customer, outlining the rights and responsibilities of each party. Read more about our Terms and Conditions.

Transfer Station — A facility where waste is temporarily deposited before being taken to a landfill or recycling centre for final disposal.

Turnaround Time (TAT) — The amount of time taken between the booking of a skip bin and its delivery, or between pickup request and actual collection.


Walk-In Bin (Walk-In Skip) — A skip bin with a door that allows for easy access, enabling people to walk in and place waste inside. Ideal for heavy or bulky items.

Waste Disposal — The process of getting rid of unwanted materials, which includes collection, transport, treatment, and disposal of waste.

Waste Disposal Certificate — A document provided by waste management services confirming that waste has been disposed of in accordance with relevant regulations.

Waste Disposal Regulations — Laws and guidelines governing the handling, treatment, and disposal of waste to ensure environmental protection and public health.

Waste Management — The collection, transport, processing, recycling, and disposal of waste materials in a systematic and environmentally responsible manner.

Waste Management Plan — A strategy developed for efficient waste handling, aiming to reduce waste generation and promote recycling and resource recovery.

Waste Reduction — Efforts to minimize the amount of waste generated at the source, through practices like recycling, composting, and changes in consumption habits.

Waste Segregation — The practice of separating waste into different categories (such as recyclables, organics, and landfills) at the point of disposal to facilitate recycling and proper waste management.

Waste Sorting — The process of organizing waste into distinct streams for recycling, treatment, or disposal, often performed at waste facilities or using separate bins.

Waste Types — Categories of waste defined by their source, composition, and potential for recycling or reuse, such as general, green, hardfill, or hazardous waste. Read more about Waste Types.

Waste Volume Estimation — The assessment of the amount of waste likely to be produced by a project or activity, used to determine the appropriate skip bin size.

Weight Calculation — The process of determining the weight of waste material, which is crucial for managing transport logistics and disposal fees.

Weight Discrepancy — A difference between the estimated weight of waste and its actual weight, which can affect disposal fees and transport regulations.

Weight Estimate — An approximation of the total weight of waste to be disposed of, used for planning and pricing the skip bin hire service.

Weight Limit — The maximum allowable weight of waste that a skip bin can hold, beyond which additional fees may be charged or service may be refused.

Wheel Skip — A skip bin equipped with wheels, making it easier to move and position, often used for residential or light commercial waste.

Wheelbarrow Access — A feature of some skip bins, such as a drop-down door, that allows a wheelbarrow to be used to load waste directly into the bin, enhancing convenience and efficiency.

Thank you for exploring our skip bin glossary. We hope this resource has enhanced your understanding of the various terms associated with skip bin hire and waste management. With this knowledge, you’re now better equipped to handle your waste disposal projects efficiently.

Should you have any further questions or require assistance with your skip bin needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Remember, responsible waste management starts with clarity and understanding, and we’re here to provide just that.