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Skip Bins: Fun Facts & Quirky Snippets

Skip Rubbish Bins: Fun Facts & Quirky Snippets

Clicking around on the worldwide web, I’ve discovered some amazing rubbish and recycling facts. Facts? Well, to be honest, I haven't fact-checked all these, but they look reasonable to me. Anyway, they’re fun!

 

Did you know there are no skip bins in America?

That’s right. In the USA and Canada, these heavy metal rubbish removers with hydraulic lifting arms are known as dumpsters. Considering their use… dumping tons of our castoff ‘stuff’, the term dumpsters seems like a logical name, right? Anyway, now you know why there are no skip bins in America.

 

Why is yellow such a popular colour for skips?

In 1971, the British government passed the Highways Act, which included regulations about skip bins. The new law said they had to be painted yellow, chosen because it was the most visible colour. To avoid collisions. Of course today, any colour is okay, both in the UK and here in Australia.

 Yellow Skip Bin

Did you know you can run your computer on plastic bottles?

Well, not exactly, but several sites tell us you can power a 100 watt light bulb for an amazing 4 hours by recycling just one glass bottle. And running your computer on recycled stuff? Yep, one recycled plastic bottle can generate 25 minutes of power for your PC. I guess it’d be the same if you use a Mac. But don't ask me how you actually go about doing that sort of thing. I think it was a calculation by an academic. Interesting, don't you agree?

 Skip Bin Recycling Plastic Bottles

When a lorry manufacturer and an engineer got together…

You might have seen our piece about the the history of skip bins but since then, some new information has come to my attention. According to comments posted on the TheGuardian.com website, “the first skip-like container emerged in 1922, in Southport, UK, when Edwin Walker, a lorry manufacturer, got together with an engineer and developed a rubbish cart to dispose of commercial and residential waste.” Now, who was it who said history is written by the victors?

One thing you wouldn't normally put in your skip bin…

One of the strangest things ever found in a skip bin, so the story goes, was a coffin. Hmm, makes you wonder whether it was occupied at the time.


They built a warship from what?

During the First World War, the U.S. War Industries Board asked women to stop buying corsets because they contained metal stays and that metal could help the war effort. Wikipedia tells us this saved 28,000 tons of steel, which was enough to build two warships.


24 times around the globe

That’s how long the traffic queue would be if we put all the waste that humanity generates in a single year into trucks. Wow. Just wow. Again, I have no idea how you’d go about calculating that, but it shows me one thing. Just how important garbage removal and recycling services are these days! To all the teams that work in this vital job all around Australia, thank you!


When it’s your time…

When you need help to get rid of a pile of unwanted material from your home or business, the EASIEST way to hire a good skip bin company is to use the eSkip booking engine. Let it do the searching for you.

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