Waste Management And Skip Hire Glossary

When the time eventually comes for you to hire a skip, or another waste management solution, then the amount of choice and jargon involved can make the situation feel somewhat overwhelming. In this article, we’re going to explain the industry terminology, making it easier for you to choose a waste disposal solution. Alternatively, our expert team are always on hand to help, should you have any questions.

Builders Waste

Waste consisting of unwanted or unnecessary waste unwillingly produced as a result of construction. This can include electrical wiring, nails and old insulation among other things.


Waste produced as a result of business operations, such as refurbishments or demolition works.

Cubic Yard

This refers to the amount of waste which can be held inside a skip. There are various skip sizes available, a 4-6 cubic yard skip is ideal for smaller amounts of waste, whereas a 16 cubic yard skip is more appropriate for larger clearances or construction jobs.

Enclosed Skips

Skips which generally come with a lid or locking mechanism. Generally, they’re used to dispose of large amounts or more hazardous waste such as asbestos.


Waste material which contains iron. The name itself is originally derived from the latin translation of ‘iron’.

General Waste 

Waste which cannot be recycled. This should be collected separately to recyclable waste.

Grab Hire 

Generally employed by commercial clients, a grab lorry is capable of moving large amounts of waste from one place to another, minimising manual labour

Hazardous Waste 

Waste which poses a threat to the health of the general public or the surrounding environment; this should be disposed of safely and responsibly, adhering to legal regulations.

Maxi Skips 

Used for commercial purposes, this can hold large amounts of waste consisting of wood, plastic or metal, holding the equivalent of 100-120 bin bags.

Midi Skips 

The second smallest skip available to hire, generally being 6 cubic yards. Commonly used for domestic waste, but can be used for small scale commercial projects. This can hold the equivalent of 50-60 bin bags.

Mini Skips 

The smallest skip that can be hired, perfect for light domestic waste. Generally coming in at 4 cubic yards, they can hold the equivalent of 22 bin bags, or 4 wheelie bins.

Non Ferrous 

Metal waste that doesn’t contain any iron.

Non Hazardous Waste 

Waste which poses no threat to the general public or the surrounding area due to its lack of or non-existent corrosivity, reactivity or toxicity levels.

Public Highway 

May also be referred to as public land, this is a piece of land which is shared by the general public. A skip cannot be placed on a public right of way or land which you do not own. If you have no other option, ensure you get permission from the land owner (generally the local council) before placing a skip there.


Also known as Roll-on-roll-off skips, these are needed for large volumes of waste. This is the largest skip you can hire and cannot be placed on driveways or roads. Its low sides makes it easily recognisable.

Skip Hire Permit

This grants permission for you to have a skip situated on public land. Skip hire companies will be responsible for getting skip licenses, but in some areas, you will need to do this yourself. For more information, visit the gov.uk website.

Tipping Skips 

Working on a mechanical hinge, this skip is lifted by a forklift truck and released and tipped forward to ease the emptying of its contents. These skips can take all types of waste, including inert and non-inert waste.

Wait and Load

A skip which will be delivered to your premises and remain there for a very short period of time (even as little as half an hour). Once you’re done, the skip will be taken away and the contents disposed of. You do not need a permit for a wait and load service.

Waste Transfer Station 

A site at which waste is delivered to. Here it can be sorted and segregated into waste streams before being moved to the appropriate site or area, improving recycling rates.

WEEE Waste 

Abbreviated form of ‘waste electrical and electronic equipment’, this refers to the collection of hazardous electrical equipment, including televisions, phones, computers and fax machines. This type of waste cannot be disposed of in the same way as general waste.

If you require a skip, or another waste management solution to deal with your domestic, commercial or industrial waste, Camiers are always on hand to help – providing you with first class service every single time. We offer a quick, reliable and efficient service, disposing of your waste safely and responsibly, keeping the impact on the environment to a minimum. We’re also capable of disposing of asbestos waste, adhering to all legal requirements. For more information, contact us today – we operate throughout Aylesbury and the surrounding area.