Despite the misleading name of skip “hire” the real basis for the price of hiring a skip is based upon the size of the skip and the type of waste to be collected and recycled in our skips.


Skip Sizes:

We have steadily built up the complete range of skips we have so that we can meet any of our customers’ requirements and now have all of the available sizes. For example, for small projects or quick tidy ups we have the 2yd Mini skips in stock, and these increase in size by 2yd as they get bigger i.e 4yd, 6yd, 8yd,10yd, 12yd, 14yd, 16yd skips. To help decide which size of skip you need, you can view a photo of the most popular sizes of skip with a person next to it to give perspective, please click on our Skip Sizes page.

In addition to the standard open top skips, some businesses and schools that we supply require enclosed skips. These enclosed skips have doors for access to load them, which are able for the customers to lock with a standard size padlock. This is particularly useful to prevent others from loading your skip with their rubbish or to reduce the risk of accidental fires.

Also, to assist in loading them, we have a small number of drop door skips which allow the customer to remove a simple bolt which drops the front panel of the skip to walk in with a wheel barrow. These are particularly useful when digging soils and stones to save your back!

For any questions or for prices to hire our enclosed skips, drop doors skips and larger ones, please feel free to give us a phone.

Waste Types:

We calculate the costs for our Waste Transfer Station to recycle each type of material that customers can put in their skips so that we can provide an accurate fixed price with no hidden or unexpected charges.

To do this, when booking a skip, we always ask what is going to be put in them. If your skip is for a mixture of wood, metals, soil, rubble, garden waste etc, then we are able to give a fixed price for your skip and this ensures that there are no extra charges or hidden surprises. The majority of our customers such as householders, builders and businesses qualify for our fixed price skip hire.

On rare occasions, there are certain types of waste which are extremely difficult or not yet able to be recycled. The government charges a Landfill Tax which makes it extremely expensive to dispose of these types of waste. We can supply skips for difficult to recycle materials, such as carpet, tyres, ceiling tiles, plasterboard etc. and price these based upon the weight of the materials to be removed. If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact our office and we will gladly help clarify.

You can find out more about the Landfill Tax, here.

Length of Skip Hire:

To provide clear and fair prices for our customers, we quote a price to hire our skips based upon the waste type that will be going in them. As the majority of or customers have their skips at their homes or businesses and take on average around a week to fill, the price we quote covers you for up to 2 weeks hire without any hidden or additional charges. This means that there is no rush to fill and off hire your skip, as we understand that at times things come up and some jobs are weather dependent which can delay your plans for a few days.

For business or trade customers, we also have a large quantity of skips in stock available for longer term hires. For example, if a business requires a skip at their unit or yard on an on-going basis, then as long as the skip is emptied or exchanged regularly i.e at least once per month, then again there are no extra charges.

Skips to go on the road

For road safety purposes and to ensure skips don’t get placed on roads where cables are due to be laid etc. each council issues a permit to give permission to sit a skip on the road. If a skip goes on the road without a permit, then the council instantly issues a fine, just like a parking ticket.

We are more then happy to organise a permit on your behalf and have accounts in place with most of the local councils in order to expedite permit applications, however we do need to organise them in advance of delivering the skip. Councils can take several days (5 Working days for Edinburgh, 7 working days for West Lothian) to issue permits, so unfortunately if we can’t deliver the skip onto your property we would be unable to sit it on the street until the permit has been applied for and approved. Therefore, if you need your skip to go on the road, it’s best to contact us in advance so we can get all the permits in place without delay.

For more information on Skip Permits, see: West Lothian Skip Permits or Edinburgh Skip Permits