The Ultimate Glossary Guide to Garbage Removal

Garbage Removal

When booking a skip with a skip hire company, the jargon they use could be tricky for you to understand. You might hear terms like builders’ waste, WEEE waste or waste reduction, and you may keep wondering about their meaning! RMS Skip Hire understands that anyone who does not live and breathe waste cannot understand this. Some jargon may sound like a foreign language to you. 

Understanding the jargon may be difficult for you, but it is also essential when you have to dispose of your waste. You will have to know what you are booking or the type of waste you are generating. Order a bigger size of the skip, and you will find yourself paying for the space, while a smaller size will be too small for your requirement. 

So, RMS Skip compiled a quick crash course in waste terminology, including some commonly used terms across the skip-hire industry. 

Understanding Waste Type

Your waste is not just waste; it is made up of many different waste materials, from plastic and paper to metals and glass. Each of these waste categories is narrowed down to a more granular level. 

  • Builders’ Waste

It is the most popular term used in skip-hire services. It describes anything left over or unwanted from a construction-based project. You can also describe it as ‘construction waste’ or ‘bulky waste’. The waste might include soils, rubble, general debris and other items found after a construction project is completed.

  • Hazardous Waste

Hazardous wastes are an unavoidable part of the world. We use many substances in our daily lives that carry some amount of risk to the environment.

The term hazardous waste is used when a waste classification still needs to be done. When dealing with hazardous waste, some particular regulations and obligations fall upon the person who generates it. So it is advisable to generate waste carefully. 

Hazardous waste includes solids, liquids and gasses, generally the by-product of industrial processes. 

  • WEEE Waste

It is a term used as an acronym for the waste that falls under electronic waste. It can be anything electrical that has reached the end of its life. We generally take our WEEE waste for granted, but the longer we keep WEEE waste, the more likely they are to end up in landfills. It can be classified as one of our most significant polluting issues. 

  • Solid Waste 

Commonly used for everyday items discarded by everyone. Some of these could be recycled, including durable and non-durable goods, containers and packaging. 

  • Recyclable Material 

Such waste is readily separated from the waste stream and collected as a substitute for new raw materials.

  • Compostables 

Waste material that is capable of undergoing biological decomposition is classified as compostable. Such waste breaks down into carbon dioxide, water inorganic compounds and biomass.

  • Organic Waste

Waste materials from living organisms, such as food, garden and wood waste, are recycled and turned into new products such as renewable energy or compost. 

  • Green Waste

It consists of leaves, grass clipping, weeds, wood waste, and other miscellaneous organic materials.

  • Food Waste

Waste is generated from food preparation from residences and commercial establishments, including grocery stores and restaurants. 

  • Construction & Demolition Waste

Debris and waste generated during the construction, renovation and demolition of buildings or roads under this category. They are generally bulky and produced in large quantities. 

  • Universal Waste

Universal waste is a category of waste that generally includes fluorescent lamps, mercury and batteries. 

Different Types of Skips

There are many various types of skips available. Here is a list of some standard skip sizes. 

  • Builder Skip 

Builder Skip Bin is an industry term commonly used to describe an 8-yard skip. Clients widely use it, and most skip hires companies to call it traditional builders skip. The name builders’ skip conveys that it is the largest skip size available for waste collection. As the name suggests, it is suitable for builders’ waste disposal from a building project.

  • Small Builder Skip

The size describes a skip that is suitable for small-sized construction projects. It is perfect for storing waste in a medium-sized project and is available in a 6-yard skip. The most familiar skip sizes used are builders’ waste and small builder skip, which is why this term became commonly used.

  • Mini Skip

The 4-yard skip is known as the mini skip. It is ideal for garden waste collection because of its easy-to-load size. It is the smallest skip size offered by RMS Skip Hire.

Recycling and Diversion 

RMS Skip Hire aims to end waste. There are many terminologies centered around recycling and diverting waste from landfills. Here are a few terms you might hear while hiring a skip. 

  • Waste Reduction

Recycling the amount of waste going into the waste stream by redesigning products or patterns of production.

  • Source Reduction

Reduce the number of materials entering the waste stream from a specific source by identifying production patterns. 

  • Waste Diversion

It is the act of preventing waste from being disposed of in landfills and incinerators. 

  • Zero Waste

Zero waste designs and manages products and processes to reduce the volume of junk and conserve all resources. Zero waste successfully eliminates the majority of waste discharged into land, water and air, threatening planetary, human, plant or animal health. Ninety per cent or more of an organisation’s waste stream is diverted from landfills.

  • Sustainability 

It is to everyone’s benefit to meet the current needs without affecting the ability of future generations to achieve their own needs.

  • Carbon Footprint 

It is a term used to describe human activities’ impact on nature concerning carbon outputs.


If you need help with how to dispose of your waste correctly, RMS Skip Hire can help you with waste management in South East London and Kent. We follow the right processes to ensure we dispose of your waste accurately. We also provide ‘wait & load’ services 24/7 every day of the year, and once you are ready to have the skip collected, give us a call at +44 20 8131 0044. You can also visit us online to learn more about our services and prices.

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