5 Five Fascinating Facts about Skips

At Buchanan Skip Hire, we love skips; they are an essential part of keeping your home or business clear of clutter! They aren’t just fantastic for us; they are great for the environment too, as we are committed to recycling as much refuse as possible. You may think that skips are a very mundane topic, but actually they have a fascinating history. Don’t believe us? Then check out these fantastic facts…

1.       The First Appearance…

Skips made their British debut in Britain in the 60’s. Before these creations were led onto the streets of Britain, people hand loaded tipper wagons; as you can imagine this was a lot of hard work and very expensive. Plus, people living in remote destinations and small streets were unable to benefit from the service.

2.       The Idea…

This brilliant idea of placing a large container at the front of the site in questions was born in Germany. The very first skips and wagons were imported to London from Germany. Unsurprisingly, the skip market took off without much of a hitch – people could finally get rid of their junk!

3.       What about the measurements…

Unlike today, skips were only found in one size; the containers measured between 5-6 cubic yards. There are now many skips available; maxi, mini and midi! Apart from the size, skips remain the same.

4.       First Costs…

In the beginning, skips cost £5 with an extra 3 shillings for each day of rental. At the time this was quite a lot of money, so unfortunately only the better-off could afford to have a big clear out. This did not include taking the rubbish to the landfill site – you needed to pay an extra 7 shillings for this!

5.       And it was all yellow…

In 1971 the Highways Act imposed more regulations on skip use; according to this act all skips had to be coloured yellow as it was proven that in the dark, this colour was more visible than white. Today, you may see skips in other colours, however, they do have to be well-lit and marked. Many modern skips feature lights.

There you have it, 5 fascinating facts about skips! So if you’re having a clean out this summer, so get yourself a skip and get started. At Buchanan we provide environmentally-friendly skip hire in Falkirk at affordable prices, so that you can keep your property clear of the clutter all year round.

For more information or to hire your skips today, please get in contact, call 01506 411141 for the West Lothian area. Alternatively call 0131 558 7888 for the Edinburgh, or email us on buchananskips@btconnect.com.

 

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