Our History

From humble beginnings, to one of the largest waste management companies in central Scotland

Over 30 years in the making

In the beginning

After being made redundant as a welder in 1987, Buchanan Skip Hire was founded by James and Morag Buchanan. Originally from their small cottage in Westfield, near Bathgate, we began supplying skip hire in West Lothian. With a single skip truck and a handful of homemade skips, Morag answered the phone to customers and James delivered them. As a result of lots of hard work over the years, the company has steadily grown. In 2001 we opened our own SEPA licensed Waste Transfer Station in Deans Industrial Estate, Livingston. This allowed us to collect our skips and to process the waste, diverting on average over 98% of all waste we receive from landfill. Now more than 30 years later we have grown into one of Central Scotland’s most efficient and responsive skip hire companies.

Present day

During this time our team has grown considerably from originally just James and Morag, to now employing over 40 people. Our fleet of trucks has also expanded – we now have 21 vehicles consisting of a mixture of different sized skip lorries, hook loaders, an 8x4 Tipper truck and a Grab Lorry. Our stock of skips has also increased; from the first couple of homemade skips, to now having over 800 different skips in stock.

This has allowed us to expand our product offering – we can now directly offer our customers a range of services such as the complete range of skip sizes from the 2YD mini skips right up to the huge 40YD bins, we supply a range of recycled aggregate products (4mm sand, Type 1 and 6F5) and our Grab lorry is capable of offering a Muck away service which involves the operator collecting loads of soil from customers sites.

Why Choose Us?

  • Speak to us directly over the phone, we are always happy to help!
  • Fully licensed family skip hire business
  • Over 30 years of experience
  • Full range of skips
  • Unbeatable speedy service
  • We deliver to the whole of West Lothian, Edinburgh and Falkirk
  • Over 98% of waste diverted from landfill
  • Public and trade customers welcome
  • UKAS accredited ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 supplier
  • Experts in arranging and managing your skip permits
  • A fleet of over 20 dedicated skip vehicles
  • Fully compliant waste transfer notes provided with each skip
  • Waste out-turn reports available on request
  • Specialist skips available – enclosed and drop door skips
  • Free no-obligation quote

“The thing that makes us unique is that we care about our customers. As a family business, we care about our reputation, at the end of the day – our name’s on it.”

Daniel Buchanan

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