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Here at Mackers Skip Hire, it’s safe to say we live and breath skip hire. We’ve been working within the skip hire industry for a number of years now and as anyone knows, a service this long can be the result of one thing, a genuine love for what you do. So much so in fact that we love talking about everything ‘skip hire’ related.

By this we mean skip sizes, skip contents, skip waste management, skip categories and of course, the history of skip hire. There isn’t much we don’t know about skips so what better way to share our love of this industry than by sharing with you the story of where skips actually came from. So, let’s take a look at the history of our favourite waste management solution, where it came from and when it first made an appearance on our streets and roads.

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The Invention Of The Skip

While we’d love to put just one name to the invention of the skip, it’s almost impossible. Scour the internet and you’ll see for yourself that the definitive history of the skip has eluded most over the years but we do have a few ‘leads’ shall we say. The origin of the word ‘skip’ itself is somewhat of a mystery as no one seems entirely certain of its first appearance. In America and Canada, it’s referred to as a dumpster but here in the UK and Australia, they’re skips or skip bins. The most commonly accepted origin however, actually surrounds the wonderful world of beekeeping with the original and traditional straw made hive being known as a ‘skep’.

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So Where Did The Name Come From?

Close enough right? While these made way for the more traditional beehives we’re used to seeing, the term ‘skep’ stuck around. Skeps, meaning basket, fell out of fashion in the world of bees however, they soon made an appearance during the industrial revolution. Here the cotton mill workers would collect their woven cotton in ‘skeps’, large wheeled baskets. The term skeps was also used as a form of measurement when dealing with coal. Throughout the years, with woven basket skeps being brought into the modern era with the help of wood and steel, the word skep morphed into what we now use today, skip.

The Modern Day Skip

In the 1930’s, the Americans created what was known as a skip truck. It was created by George Dempster, a young equipment operator worker on construction sites in Panama Canal. He and his brothers, John and Thomas set up a waste handling equipment company, aptly named the Dempster Brother Inc. They created and patented equipment which would lift, transport and lower portable skip like containers. This was used for construction sites, reducing the need for manpower hugely. Their invention very much resembled modern day skip trucks and how their hydraulics lower and subsequently lift our skips.

The Origin Of Modern Day Skips

The skips we see today, sited along our roads and streets, actually originated in Germany. In the 1960’s, the Germans invented what we know as the modern day skip. It had a strong resemblance to the coal mining skips. This was created to battle the greater distances between refuse dumps from town to town that horse-drawn rubbish carts just couldn’t manage.


The Dempster Brothers

With so many different options as to who could be named the sole inventor, it’s difficult to narrow it down. If, however, we had to choose just one, we would undoubtedly lean toward the Dempster brothers. With the invention of what was essentially the first ever skip truck, we can’t help but feel they led the way for all other skip related inventions. While we can’t state that as fact, it’s our favourite theory here at Mackers.

Skip Hire Today

If, however, you’re in search of a more modern day skip for your waste management solutions, then look no further than our fleet here at Mackers. We have a range of skips for hire, from mini 2 yard skips to huge Roll On Roll Off 40 yard skips. We offer skip hire services in Essex and beyond at some of the most competitive prices on the market. For more information, simply contact us today on 01268 418533.

Builders Skip Hire

Builders Skip Hire

Builders Skip Hire by Mackers Total Recycling. We cater to many tradesmen across the southeast of the United Kingdom and offer a premium bespoke skip hire service.

Domestic Skip Hire

Domestic Skip Hire

Domestic Skip Hire by Mackers Total Recycling. We cater to many households in and around Essex and offer many sized skips for your everyday needs.

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Garden Waste Skip Hire

Garden Waste Skip Hire by Mackers Total Recycling. We cater to many landscapers and gardeners in and around Essex and capable of delivering the same day.