Check out our easy-to-understand skip bin glossary. It’s packed with key terminologies that’ll guide you when you do waste management. It can be for a DIY home project, a construction job, or everyday business operations.

By getting familiar with this skip bin terminology, you’ll be able to pick exactly what you need for disposing of your rubbish. Here, we’ve broken down the terminology into simple descriptions to make your waste management easier.



Asbestos — A toxic substance formerly used in building materials. Now mostly outlawed due to its health hazards. Special disposal techniques are required for safety.


Bin Dimension (Skip Bin Dimension) — The dimensions of a skip bin, detailing its length, width, and height, which dictate its waste capacity.

Bin Placement — The specific spot where a skip bin is set for filling. It needs to be reachable for both dropping off and collecting, and positioned safely.

Bin Size (Skip Bin Size) — The volume a skip bin holds. It determines how much waste it can manage, measured in cubic meters (e.g., 2m³, 4m³, 6m³, etc.). Read more about our skip bin sizes.

Bin Tipper — Equipment used to hoist and tip bins. It enables the discharge of waste into garbage trucks for streamlined disposal.


Cancellation Policy — A set of regulations that govern the cancellation process and any fees incurred for discontinuing a skip bin hire service. Read more about our Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Clean Fill/Soil — Soil that is free of impurities and debris. It’s typically utilized in filling and construction, suitable for certain waste bins.

Closed Skip — A skip bin equipped with a lid to secure the waste. It prevents unsanctioned use and shields the contents from weather conditions.

Collection Date — The agreed-upon or selected day for the removal of the skip bin from the customer’s premises.

Collection Fee — The cost incurred for the pickup and transportation of a full skip bin to a waste treatment facility.

Collection Routes — The established itineraries that waste management vehicles follow to collect filled skip bins effectively.

Commercial Skip Bin — A sizable skip bin tailored for commercial businesses to handle large volumes of waste from business operations. Find out more about our Commercial Skip Bins.

Confirmation Email — The email sent to customers to validate the details and secure the reservation of a skip bin hire.

Construction Waste — The assortment of waste produced from construction sites, encompassing materials such as timber, concrete, and metal, usually requiring specialized disposal.

Construction Waste Skip Bin — A reinforced skip bin intended for the disposal of construction site debris, capable of holding mixed material waste.

Contamination Fee — An additional fee is applied when disallowed waste is discovered in the skip bin, leading to extra sorting and disposal efforts.

Council Permit — A mandatory approval is sometimes needed for placing a skip bin on communal property, like roadsides or footpaths.

Covers (Lid) — The protective top for a skip bin is designed to keep its contents intact and to mitigate the escape of waste.

Custom Skip Bin — A skip bin customized to particular specifications of size, form, or features to accommodate special waste disposal requirements.


Delivery Fee — A cost associated with the delivery and positioning of a skip bin at a desired customer site.

Demolition Waste — Debris from the dismantling of structures, comprising materials like brick and metal, necessitating careful sorting and removal.

Disposal Fees — Fees for the processing of waste at recycling centres or landfills, typically contingent on the waste’s nature and mass.

Drop Door Skip Bin — A skip bin featuring a gate-like door to facilitate the loading of bulky items, typically loaded manually or with small equipment.

Drop-Off Date — The date a skip bin is set to be delivered to a designated customer location.

Drop-Off Location — The precise area where a skip bin is to be dropped off for the customer to load up with rubbish.

Dumpster — A substantial container for rubbish, often enclosed and sometimes wheeled, akin to a skip bin.


E-waste — Discarded electronic appliances that may be detrimental to the environment and require special disposal techniques.

Environmental Compliance — The commitment to following environmental laws during waste disposal to prevent ecological damage.

Environmental Impact — The influence that waste management has on nature, including pollution and the consumption of resources.

Environmental Responsibility — The duty to handle waste in ways that safeguard ecological well-being and preserve natural assets for the future.

Extension Fee — The cost incurred for retaining a skip bin longer than the original rental term.


Fill Level — The maximum recommended limit to which a skip bin should be filled for safety and regulatory adherence.

Front Lift Bin (Front Load Dumpster) — A commercial waste container that is emptied by a truck from the front, avoiding the need to lift the bin overhead. Find out more about our Front Lift Bin Hire.


Garden Waste — *see Green Waste

Garden Waste Removal — A service for collecting and disposing of organic garden debris, like leaves and branches, promoting a clean and sustainable environment. Find out more about our Garden Waste Removal.

General Waste — Common non-hazardous waste from homes or businesses, not including toxic, volatile, or inflammable substances.

Green Practices — Eco-friendly techniques employed in waste management to reduce environmental impact and encourage sustainable living.

Green Waste — Organic waste from gardens or parks, such as lawn cuttings and tree trimmings, suitable for composting or mulching.

Green Waste Skip Bin — A container exclusively for organic and garden waste, such as leaves and branches, enabling eco-friendly disposal. Find out more about our Green Waste Skip Bin.


Hardfill — Solid waste like bricks, concrete, and ceramics, requiring isolation from other waste due to its solidity.

Hazardous Waste — Dangerous waste including toxic substances and pollutants, demanding specialized disposal methods to mitigate health or environmental risks.

Heavy Waste — Weighty materials like dirt and concrete, possibly leading to extra fees due to heavier loads and special disposal needs.

Hire Agreement (Rental Agreement) — A formal contract specifying the conditions, duration, costs, and rules for the use of the hired skip bin.

Hook Lift Bin — A sizable container for waste, usually for commercial levels, with a hook lift mechanism for streamlined transport. Find out more about our Hook Lift Bin Hire.


Industrial Skip Bin — A heavy-duty skip bin built for industrial-scale waste, capable of accommodating large quantities of commercial and building debris.

Invoice — The billing statement provided by the skip bin company, listing the services rendered and the payment due from the client.


Landfill — An area allocated for waste disposal, managed to prevent environmental contamination and adhere to safety standards.

Landfill Fee (Tip Fee) — The cost associated with disposing of rubbish in a landfill, generally calculated by the waste’s weight or volume.

Large Skip Bin (Jumbo Skip Bin) — An oversized bin designed for extensive waste removal tasks, such as major construction clear-outs or large property cleanups.

Loading Capacity — The upper limit of rubbish a skip bin can contain, quantified in cubic meters or weight.

Loading Ramp — An inclined access provided to assist in the loading of heavy or awkward items into a skip bin, easing the loading process.

Local Skip Hire — Skip bin rental offerings from waste management companies catering to a particular local vicinity.

Lockable Cover (Lockable Lid) — A lid that can be secured on a skip bin to safeguard its contents, hinder unauthorized use, and prevent unwanted dumping or theft.


Maintenance Checklist — Routine checks and tasks performed to ensure skip bins are maintained in optimal condition for safety and reliability.

Marrel Skip Bin — A higher-sided skip bin ideal for industrial waste, requiring specific trucks for its movement due to its structure and size.

Maxi Skip Bin — A large skip bin catering to waste from big construction projects, holding between 10 to 16 cubic meters.

Midi Skip Bin — A midsize skip bin, fitting for medium waste loads from residential or garden clean-ups, typically 4 to 6 cubic meters in volume.

Mini Skip Bin — The most compact bin for waste, suited for minor waste removal activities, such as small home clean-ups or simple refurbishing jobs.

Mixed Waste — An assortment of various waste types, like organic, recyclable, and general waste, mixed together, possibly necessitating separation at a facility.

Mobile Skip — A moveable skip bin on wheels, providing flexibility in placement, particularly convenient for residential areas or constrained spaces.


Next-Day Delivery — The expedited delivery service where a skip bin is dispatched to arrive the following day after reservation, depending on the time of booking and availability.

Non-Hazardous Waste — Waste material that does not immediately impact health or the environment, generally encompassing residential, commercial, and most industrial waste.


Online Booking — The process to schedule a skip bin hire via the company’s website at any time, adding convenience for users.

Open Skip — A lidless skip bin that facilitates effortless disposal of waste, accommodating various waste types, including oversized debris.

Overfilling (Overloading) — The act of filling a skip bin beyond its designated limit, which is a safety hazard during transport and may lead to extra fees or service denial.

Overweight Fee — A fee incurred when the skip bin’s contents surpass the predetermined weight threshold, compensating for the additional handling and disposal required.


Payment Options — Diverse methods provided for customers to settle payments for skip bin services, including credit cards, bank transfers, or cash payments.

Permits — Mandatory authorizations issued by local authorities when skip bins are to be placed on public land, confirming adherence to specific regulations.

Pickup Date — The prearranged day when the skip bin is scheduled to be retrieved from the client’s premises following its use.

Pickup Fee — A fee charged for collecting the filled skip bin from the customer’s site and transporting it to the facility for waste processing or disposal.

Price Transparency — The commitment to openly communicate all fees associated with skip bin rental, ensuring customers face no concealed charges.

Privacy Policy — An outline of the practices a company follows in gathering, using, and securing client data, in line with privacy legislation. Read more about our Privacy Policy.

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


Rear Access — A convenience feature on some skip bins, comprising a door at the back end to ease the loading of large or weighty objects.

Rear Load Bin — A type of skip bin designed to be emptied from the back, frequently used in commercial environments for efficient waste disposal.

Recycling — The method of repurposing waste materials into new products, diminishing the reliance on virgin resources and lessening landfill contributions.

Recycling Center — A specialized location where recyclable waste is sorted, cleaned, and processed into new items, essential for sustainable waste management.

Rental Duration — The agreed-upon timeframe for which a skip bin is rented, which can vary from several days to multiple weeks.

Rental Extension — The option to prolong the hire period of a skip bin beyond the original agreement, often subject to extra charges and availability.

Rental Period — The defined time span during which a skip bin is at the disposal of the customer for their waste disposal needs.

Residential Skip Bin — Skip bins tailored for home use, ideal for domestic waste produced by activities like home renovations or garden maintenance. Find out more about our Residential Skip Bins.

Return Policy — The conditions under which a skip bin provider will allow for the return of bins or issue refunds, detailing specific terms and time constraints. Read more about our Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Roll-On / Roll-Off Skips (RoRo) — Large-scale waste containers equipped with wheels that facilitate their rolling on and off transportation trucks, suited for high-volume industrial waste.

Rubbish Removal — A comprehensive service involving the collection and disposal of waste from clients’ properties, typically including skip bin delivery. Find out more about our rubbish removal service.


Same-Day Delivery — A delivery option that guarantees the arrival of a skip bin on the order date, depending on order timing and resource availability.

Sand Skip Bin — A specialized skip bin used for the disposal of sand and similar fine substances, commonly employed in construction or landscaping projects.

Scheduling — The coordination of delivery and pick-up timings for skip bins to align with the customer’s project requirements.

Secure Bin — A skip bin designed with security features such as lockable lids to prevent unauthorized access and protect its contents.

Service Area — The geographical zone where a skip bin provider offers delivery and collection services. Read more about our Service Areas.

Service Hours — The time span during which a skip bin company operates to render services, handle orders, and engage with clientele.

Skip Bin — A sizable receptacle engineered for discarding waste from various settings, offered in multiple capacities.

Skip Bin Accessibility — A measure of how conveniently a skip bin can be reached for loading and removal, impacting its placement and permit needs.

Skip Bin Availability — The readiness of skip bins of different sizes or styles for customer rental at any given moment.

Skip Bin Booking — The reservation process for securing a skip bin for a determined time frame, which can be conducted via multiple channels.

Skip Bin Collection — The act of gathering a loaded skip bin from the customer’s site to dispose of its contents appropriately.

Skip Bin Comparison — The assessment of various skip bins, focusing on dimensions, model, and pricing, to identify the most fitting choice for the user’s needs.

Skip Bin Drop-Off — The act of transporting and situating a skip bin at a client’s specified site for waste accumulation.

Skip Bin Hire — The provision of skip bins for a specified period to facilitate waste removal for different kinds of projects. Read more about our skip bin hire service.

Skip Bin Hire Company — An enterprise that presents skip bins for rent, inclusive of delivery, rental, and waste management solutions.

Skip Bin Hire Rates — The fees associated with renting a skip bin, influenced by its size, the rental span, and the nature of the waste.

Skip Bin Loading — The process of depositing waste into a skip bin, which must be executed carefully to maintain safety and regulatory adherence.

Skip Bin Maintenance — The routine care and repair of skip bins to certify their cleanliness, functionality, and safety for user and operational staff use.

Skip Bin Operators Insurance — An insurance policy catering to skip bin rental enterprises, covering risks tied to bin rental and waste management activities.

Skip Bin Stencils — Identifying marks or decals applied on skip bins for identification, instructional purposes, or to feature company branding.

Skip Bin Tracking — The application of technology to trace and manage skip bin locations and conditions for enhanced operational efficiency.

Skip Bin Truck — A truck fitted with a hydraulic system or roll-off capability to move and manage skip bins for client services.

Skip Bin Types — The array of skip bin constructions and sizes, like Marrel and Hooklift, each suited to distinct waste disposal scenarios.

Skip Bin Unloading — The procedure of safely emptying a skip bin’s contents at a disposal site or recycling facility following retrieval.

Skip Liner — A liner used within a skip bin to avert leaks and maintain cleanliness, simplifying the disposal process.

Skip Lock — A locking device used on skip bins to secure their contents from unauthorized interference or removal.

Skip Quote — A preliminary cost calculation offered by skip bin providers, determined by the client’s specific rental conditions.

Skip Replacement — A service that involves providing a fresh skip bin in place of a full one, ensuring waste disposal continuity.

Skip Swap — Replacing a full skip bin with another, potentially of varying size, to adapt to project demands.

Softfill Waste — Lightweight, non-compactable waste material such as paper, furniture, or yard waste, distinct from dense or hardfill substances.

Soil Skip Bin — A skip bin designated for soil disposal, typically originating from activities like digging or construction, promoting uncontaminated disposal.

Supplier — A third-party provider or collaborator offering skip bins and related services, ensuring availability, particularly during high demand.

Sustainable Practices — Environmentally friendly approaches employed in waste handling to reduce ecological harm and encourage resource conservation.


Tarpaulin — A durable, waterproof sheet used to cover skip bins, ensuring contents are secure and sheltered from weather elements.

Terms and Conditions — The contractual stipulations governing the relationship between the skip bin provider and the client, detailing the obligations and rights of each entity. Read more about our Terms and Conditions.

Transfer Station — A site where waste is temporarily held before being transported to its final disposal destination, such as a landfill or recycling centre.

Turnaround Time (TAT) — The interval from when a skip bin is ordered to when it is delivered, or from when its pick-up is requested to when it is actually collected.


Walk-In Bin (Walk-In Skip) — A type of skip bin that includes a door, permitting direct walk-in access for disposing of large or cumbersome items.

Waste Disposal — The process of discarding unwanted materials, encompassing the collection, transportation, processing, and final disposal.

Waste Disposal Certificate — A formal document from waste management authorities confirming the proper disposal of waste per the prevailing regulations.

Waste Disposal Regulations — The set of laws and directives that regulate how waste should be handled, treated, and disposed of to safeguard the environment and public health.

Waste Management — The systematic and eco-conscious approach to handling waste, including its collection, transportation, treatment, recycling, and disposal.

Waste Management Plan — A systematic approach devised to optimize waste handling, reduce waste production, and enhance recycling and resource recovery.

Waste Reduction — Initiatives aimed at decreasing the volume of waste generated at the source, employing methods such as recycling, composting, and altering consumption patterns.

Waste Segregation — The practice of separating waste into distinct categories (like recyclables and organics) at the point of discarding to ease recycling and proper waste handling.

Waste Sorting — The act of organizing waste into separate streams for effective recycling, treatment, or disposal, typically done at specialized facilities.

Waste Types — Various classifications of waste, identified by their origin, makeup, and recyclability, such as general, green, or hazardous waste.

Waste Volume Estimation — The projection of the quantity of waste a particular project will generate, is crucial for choosing the correct size of skip bin.

Weight Calculation — The determination of waste material’s weight, is key for managing logistical considerations and disposal costs.

Weight Discrepancy — Any variance between the anticipated and actual weight of waste, which can impact disposal charges and transportation guidelines.

Weight Estimate — A preliminary guess of the total weight of waste requiring disposal, instrumental for skip bin hire service planning and pricing.

Weight Limit — The designated maximum weight capacity of waste a skip bin is permitted to contain, with potential surcharges for excess weight.

Wheel Skip — A skip bin outfitted with wheels to facilitate easy movement and precise placement, suitable for domestic or minor commercial waste management.

Wheelbarrow Access — A design element in certain skip bins, like a lowerable door, enabling waste to be loaded directly using a wheelbarrow, thus improving efficiency.

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