Be Waste Wise – Know Your Skips

Skips are something that few people outside of the building and waste industries know much about, but we’re all fascinated by the site of a full skip outside a house that is being renovated or emptied. In fact many of us know someone who has gone through a skip in the hope of finding something useful, or it’s something that we’ve done ourselves. But skips are not just an object of intrigue, they are also part of a very large family of waste and disposal and transportation that form the backbone of a few important industries in the country. There is also more than one type of skip available to professionals and the public, depending on their use, so here is a rundown of just some of the most popular types of skip.

The Mortar Skip

One of the more understated skips around, the mortar skip is used for collecting and preparing mortar before it is used. They come in either plastic or galvanised steel, and are often fitted with special attachments so they can be lifted by cranes or forklifts.

The Muck Tipping Skip

A common staple of building sites the world over, the muck tipping skip is generally used for clearing rubbish and aforementioned muck away from the construction site, available in varying sizes from 80 to 2000 litres, this skip is self-tipping, and is fitted with additional safety features to ensure that no one gets hurt whilst handling it.

The 6 Yard Cubic Yard Skip

This is the skip that most people will be familiar with, as it is the one seen most often on the streets, and in builders’ yards. Designed to carry large amount of mixed weight waste, the skip’s size ensures that it can fit all manner of large and awkwardly shaped items, such as mantelpieces, furniture and car parts.

The Geared Rollover Skip

Definitely one for professionals only, the geared rollover skip is used for pouring concrete. It pours on walls, and is also used for general applications as it has a geared gate that allows the user to control the amount of concrete that is discharged. Available in 500 litre to 2000 litre capacities, this skip is not one to be fooled around with.

The Coneflow Skip

The chances are that you will have seen one of these skips at a building site when a new home is being built, this is a general skip that is at a special angle, and is very useful for pouring concrete into hard to reach areas. It also has a small shutter opening and a low loading weight, making it easier to use and move around a site.

These are just a few of the skips available to professionals, and trained members of the public, and while some of them are more suited for specific jobs and tasks, skips like the cubic yard skip are very user friendly and ideal for storing rubbish from home improvements and home sales. You don’t have to buy a skip to experience the full benefits of having one, so look into skip hire, where you can hire a skip for a set length of time, and then give it back once you’re finished with it.