Derogative term sometimes used by the oppressive to slander an individual who finds benefit in recycling.
He/she notices somthing they may find useful in thier everday life. For example a piece up ducting that can be used to vent the heat in thier PC by venting circulated airflow to the outside of thier home via a fan system.
Onlookers do not see the reasoning behind the percieved 'theft' of what is essentially a bit of rubbish that will be buried somewhere and add to landfills. So the game begins, the slander starts and the potential for violence in this situation is initiated.
John: yeah, a skiprat's been at it
Shouted from a moving vehicle: "SKIPRAT!"
a skiprat is someone who lives off of favours from other people, never getting anywhere in life on their own, they are those who think the world owes them a living, all take and no give.