Ray: :: What do Americans call skips? ::
Good question! I've always wondered about the scope and scale of skips.
In American English, a 'trash can' can be anything from the smallish containers around the house where waste is tossed, to the larger outdoor container in which bags of trash are stored before pickup/disposal. But since UKers seem to use the term 'rubbish bin' or 'dustbin' for those items, I've gotten the sense that 'skip' is a bit bigger -- but am unclear on how much bigger.
The next step up in American trash terms is 'dumpster': open-at-the-top containers that are about 6 feet square or larger (sometimes much larger), haulable on truck (lorry) beds and emptied by big machines. Dumpsters sit out back behind most businesses, and at sites where waste is recycled or stored before disposal. Finally, the site where the trash ends up is popularly called a 'dump' (also a slang term for a house or location that's in bad shape), more formally called a 'landfill'.
Is a skip closer to our dumpster or to the dump/landfill?