A skip (or skip bin) is a large open-topped waste container designed for loading onto a special type of lorry. Typically skip bins have a distinctive shape: the longitudinal cross-section of the skip bin is either a trapezoid or two stacked trapezoids. 

The skip bins sizes vary greatly depending on their use, with sizes ranging from small 2-yard mini-skips to the very large 40-yard roll-on/roll-off skips. 

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Even though these large bins can store many tonnes of waste, most lorries are limited to carrying around 8 tonnes (8,000 kg) of material in the container.

Here are some of the main benefits you could enjoy:

1. Convenience

A skip hire company will deliver your skip to the desired location, arrange any permits where necessary, and collect it once it's been filled. All you need to do is work out where you would like it placed, and when you want it delivered.

2. Cost-Effective

Multiple trips to the dump involve wasting unnecessary time and money, especially with the rising cost of petrol. However, by hiring a skip you won't have to pay a penny extra for transport as that's built into the cost of hiring a skip.

3. Versatility

All reputable skip hire companies to have a range of skip sizes on offer so their service can be tailored to your exact requirements. Skips are classified according to the volume of waste they hold, which is measured in cubic yards.