Round 2: Skip Vs. Tip – Which is Better?

You might remember that back in July, we did a blog post comparing the skip against another rubbish disposal method – the household bin. This time around, we want to tackle a much bigger question, literally – in which is better, the skip or the tip?

Now getting rid of a large amount of waste and rubbish can be an incredibly tasking job – lots of shifting heavy objects and packing bags to the brim but luckily there are several options available to help you with getting rid.

Now, we’re sure you know of both skips and the tip, so we’re not going to go into detail about them except by saying they both offer good ways of removing a large amount of rubbish from your home. When it comes down to it however, and you need to make a decision on which one is right for you – so let us help you out a little by comparing the two.


In all honesty, for convenience sake, hiring a skip would be the better choice if you have a large amount of rubbish to get rid of. The skip company will arrange and deliver to you, as well as take the skip away when you’re finished with it – all you have to do is fill it up.

Of course, when we’re talking about cost, driving to the tip seems like the cheaper option but what many fail to take into account is the time and fuel that go into a tip trip. It all adds up as well, so even if the tip is just down the road, going to and from (because you’re most likely going to have to make multiple trips) can use up a lot of fuel, and if the tip is further away, you can expect to pay out a lot just to get rid of a few bags.

Quantity of waste

The amount of waste that needs to be gone plays a big role in deciding whether to drive to the tip with it. If yours is more of a one trip load, it may be worth collecting it up and taking it straight to the tip. If it turns out that you’re going to have to do more than one or two trips, you’ll have to take into account the distance you’re going to have to travel, as well as the overall mess in your vehicle.

If your rubbish collection means you’re going to have to make multiple trips (say, 5 or 6) to the tip which is more than 5 miles away, you’ll realise pretty quickly that it’s going to take much longer than half an hour or so. Not only do you have to take loading and unloading times into account, but tips can also get busy which might mean waiting in a queue for a long time.

What could be an hour of filling a skip could instead be an entire day spent running to the tip and back.

Type of waste

When it comes to deciding between a tip and a skip, you need to check what kind of waste you are throwing away.  Dirty or dusty waste for instance, will find its way into the upholstery in your car and could potentially cause some permanent damage. After spending an entire day running to the tip and back, you don’t want to then have to spend another full day cleaning out your car, only to find holes and tears in the seats or scratches in the paintwork.

Skip Placement

One of the main reasons some people don’t consider a skip when they have a lot to chuck, is the fact that they know it can’t be left on their road.  However, this doesn’t mean you have to take everything to the tip yourself. Some skip hire companies offer a wait and load service and may even be able to supply labour to help get the job done quicker.

It can be a hard choice, but we think you can’t go wrong with a skip – yes, it may seem like a biased view but when it comes to disposing of some serious waste, a skip makes your life that little bit easier.

If you have any questions about our skips, or you want to enquire about our other services, such as waste recycling in Falkirk, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0131 558 7888 for Edinburgh & 01506 411141 for West Lothian, and one of our friendly team members will be happy to help.

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