Chapman Bus Co. was established in the early 1900’s in Belper, Derbyshire.
From a fleet of 28 buses and charabancs as opposed to the traditional horse drawn carriages, Chapman’s offered local public transport as well as regular trips to Blackpool up until 1932 before selling to Trent Motor Traction Co, now known as Trent Barton.
Operating from a 42 acre site on the old Butterley Brickworks in Ambergate, Belper Waste Disposal Co. was established in 1973 to offer skip hire and waste recycling services to the domestic and commercial markets in and around the Midlands.
A 35 acre quarry was used for landfill, later sold to Derbyshire County Council, and the old Brickworks warehouse and out buildings were converted into a 7 acre MRF for baling and confidential shredding of incoming waste materials for recycling, virtually unheard of in the seventies and eighties.
The company was sold in 1988 to Leigh Environmental, now known as Veolia.
Formed in 1999 in Ripley, Derbyshire by brothers from a fourth generation of the Chapman Clan, Amber Waste Disposal Co. quickly established a reputation for a good traditional service with a modern and presentable approach.
Operating tidy and uniformed equipment raised brand awareness of the services that has been synonymous since it was created.
Owning and operating their own licensed site from a central location in Alfreton gave Amber Skip Hire an advantage to offer a faster service to a wider area across Derbyshire and parts of Nottinghamshire.
In summer 2000 the demand for the removal of smaller quantities of waste was increasing.
This gap was filled using old builders’ tonne sacks pulled from the waste stream.
During Euro 2002 on a visit to Barcelona, it was there that tonne sacks we’re more commonly used instead of a traditional skip due to the tight back streets in the city.
Plans to put the aptly named “Am-bag” into service as a cheaper alternative to the skip were put on hold until 2009 when a re-branding exercise saw the “Am-bag” changed to Bag-it; The Skip in a Bag.
In 2015 Bag-it was acquired by a team of like minded individuals that had a vast knowledge of logistics, waste management and a odd fascination for all things skip related! Thus SKIPBAG™ was formed as the new brand going forward. Since then we have established over 90 independent operators across England and Wales who are the driving force behind a truly local business on a national scale.