Just for something different we thought that we would throw together some skip bin trivia – you never know when these fun facts will come in handy. 

Where did the term Skip come from anyway?

The term ‘skip’ comes from the late Old English term ‘sceppe’ or Old English Norse ‘skeppa’ which means basket. Pretty logical right?! The term has evolved over time to become the skip we know. 

When was the first skip bin invented and used? 

Let’s be honest, being in the waste biz we really can’t imagine a time when skip bins didn’t exist but the truth is that such a time did exist. Reports say it was the time of the Industrial revolution that they came to be. 

All good innovation comes from creating a solution to better solve a problem. First came the horse and cart removal, then around the 1920’s, large skip like containers were fixed to the back or lorries for bulk removals in the Coals mines around the Southport area of the UK. 

As it goes, a man named Edwin Walked, an employee of a Lorry manufacturer met with a local Engineer to and brought to life the concept of the skip bin which can be removed from the back of the Lorry (or truck) left on site and collected when full. This made it much easier and effective to meet the growing demand for waste removal. 

Skips first use in English towns 

Edwin had ingeniously designed a system that improved the rubbish disposal systems for the towns. If you’ve been to England you know their streets can be winding and extremely narrow in places! 

Horse drawn carts were more convenient and manoeuvrable than lorries in the towns and thus worked well for door to door rubbish collection. When the bins were full then they could then be loaded from the horse and cart onto a lorry to be taken to the refuse points which were a longer distance from the towns. 

Skip Bins don’t exist in the United States…. 

Ok, I’m kind of tricking you. They don’t have ‘skip bins’ per se, their waste collection units are referred to as Dumpsters – ask an American for a skip bin and they’ll have no idea what you’re talking about. 

The term skips is mostly only encountered In the UK, Australia and New Zealand. 

How much does an empty skip bin weigh? 

According to wikipedia a small empty skip can weigh up to 250kg. Obviously there are a huge range of sizes so that’s just the beginning! And remember we are talking empty. 

What’s the skip industry worth in Australia? 

According to an IBISWorld report published March 2022, the Australian Skip Bin Industry is worth $2 Billion annually and there are 2,460 businesses in operation. Impacted by the downturn in operations across many states throughout COVID lockdowns, the industry is forecast to grow over the coming 5 years as businesses return to full operation. 

We hope that you have enjoyed our latest blog with some fun skip bin trivia and learnt something new. It may come in handy for you one day soon. 

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