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The Invention of Skip Hire

It is not uncommon to see a bright yellow skip sitting on a building site or outside a residential property or in the UK. After all, they are considered one of the most effective and environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal. Here at PWM Skip Hire, we believe that the history of our industry is something that our readers deserve to know and that is why we have decided to go over some of the key moments that led to its invention. Read on to find out more information…

Post-World War 2

Following the decline of the economy after the war, it became uneconomical for tripper drivers, people who would drive door to door collecting and disposing of waste, to wait around whilst their vehicles were loaded with debris. This led to numerous piles of waste appearing in cities and towns as there wasn’t a more effective solution on offer. Ironically, the original concept of the skip was imported from Germany and were popular because they allowed waste to be removed in a time conserving and cost-effective way. After all, loading an already filled skip onto a vehicle meant that the drivers could save time and earn significantly more money in the struggling post-war economy.

Efficiency and Safety

Although the invention of the skip came about from necessity in order to remove waste and debris in a manner that benefited the client and the business owner, the very first skips were very different from the ones we know and recognise today. In fact, they were often dark in colour which presented a safety risk depending on where they were located. Eventually, it became compulsory that the colour of a skip had to be brightly coloured yellow in order to ensure that the headlights of cars reflected from them effectively. After all, skips many have revolutionised efficiency during the 60’s but safety remained a number one priority.


With technology at our fingertips, it is now easier than ever to remove unwanted debris from a property or construction site by hiring a skip. In the past, this waste would be piled onto a road side until the tipper drivers were available and the long hours spent loading the materials into the vehicle could set projects back by days. Luckily, a skip is now brought to the site by the hire company and collected at the end of the contract which gives people a safe and convenient method of disposal.

The majority of skips that are available for hire in the UK have a very distinctive yellow colour as this is the most reflective option and prevents vehicles from crashing into them during the night. After all, safety just as important as convenience! Here at PWM Skip Hire, we always conduct a consultation with our clients before a hire contract is finalised in order to ensure that they get the best value for money. To find out more information, get in contact with the best skip hire Manchester has to offer today!