Last-minute skip hire for August bank holiday

Last-minute skip hire for August bank holiday

The summer bank holiday lands on Monday, August 27th, and it signals the start of the countdown to winter and (dare we say it) the Christmas season – but there’s still time to arrange last-minute skip hire for August bank holiday and the weeks that follow.

Subject to availability of different sizes of skip hire, we can organise delivery of a skip to your property as soon as possible, so you can make the most of these remaining weeks of summer and get any DIY and home improvement projects finished in daylight.

Remember, on Sunday, September 23rd, it’s the Autumn Equinox – the day on which there’s the same number of hours of daylight and of night-time, and after that the days will be shorter than the nights.

So make the best of the remaining warmer weather, and finish off any refurbishments and renovations that you might have abandoned during the recent heat wave, when it was too hot to do much in homes and business premises that weren’t equipped with air conditioning.

Ideas for autumn skip hire in Bolton

We’ve put together a few ideas for autumn skip hire in Bolton, based on some of the most common home improvements carried out in the north-west.

You might want to consider:

• Installing new radiators that heat your home more efficiently for winter.
• Installing air conditioning ready for next summer, following several hot years.
• Redecorating tired old wallpaper and paintwork, and treating damp.
• Replacing old laminate floors that have started to creak and crack underfoot.
• Fitting a plush new carpet in your master bedroom for toasty feet this winter.

Not every home improvement project needs an industrial size skip, but with our Bolton skip hire starting from just a couple of cubic yards, we have the right size for your project, whatever you’re planning.

For a full guide to our different skip hire sizes and which one might be right for you, take a look at our blog from last month for the full run-through.

Skip hire delivery in Bolton and Greater Manchester

We can arrange skip hire delivery in Bolton and Greater Manchester, and other locations in the North West, and we understand that sometimes you need last-minute skip hire because a project is bigger than expected, another North West skip hire provider has let you down, or you simply forgot!

In many cases if needed, we can organise skip hire delivery in Greater Manchester and other nearby locations on a next-day basis, and we can take payment over the phone to make sure there’s no delay due to payment processing.

Where possible, it’s better to have a hired skip on your own property, rather than in a public place – this is just better for security and to prevent anyone dumping their own waste in it overnight – but if you do need your skip to go on a public roadside, we can arrange any necessary permits for this.

To make an enquiry, fill in our online contact form, or if you need last-minute skip hire at extremely short notice, give us a call on 01204 696446 and we can advise you of what sizes of skip we have available that we can deliver to your premises as soon as possible.

How to choose the right skip for your home improvement project

How to choose the right skip for your home improvement project

Home improvement projects can get messy, and many people are caught off-guard by the sheer bulk of stripped wallpaper or ripped-up carpet and floorboards – and that’s even before you knock any walls or plasterboard out.

So how do you choose the right skip for a home improvement project? Obviously it depends on the scale of the project, the size of any rooms being renovated, the number of rooms, and so on.

There are a few general rules of thumb to follow though. Our walk-in skip hire is popular with householders as you generally don’t need any special lifting equipment to load waste into the skip – you can just walk it in using a wheelbarrow or on foot.

If you’re on the cusp between two skip sizes, it’s often a good idea to hire a skip of the next size up. You may pay a little more but it’s better to have the extra room for any waste you haven’t taken into account, rather than face the extra cost and delay of waiting for a whole new skip to be delivered when your too-small skip is full.

And if you’re planning something on a grand scale, our 8 cubic yard skips still give you a walk-in ramp but have the option of a lockable lid, so you won’t wake up to a mattress or a Mini dumped in your skip overnight.

What size skip do I need for my DIY project?

Our walk-in skips start from 2 cubic yards and are often referred to as ‘mini skips’ in the trades – although if you’re sure it’s the size you need, then there’s no reason to go larger.

Mini skips are suited to fairly small DIY projects, such as clearing a garden or renovating a single room, and especially if the waste you produce will be fairly contained or compacted.

For bulkier waste, you can start to consider larger sizes. We have 3 cubic yard skips if you just want a little extra space – for example if you’re not sure 2 cubic yards will be enough, or you know your project is slightly bigger than the typical household home improvement.

Medium or ‘midi skips’ come in at around 4 cubic yards. We still offer walk-in midi skips, but you’ll start to see the sides take on that familiar bucket skip shape rather than just a low enclosure.

‘Maxi skips’ are at the upper end of the range for domestic DIY projects, starting from 6 cubic yards up to our biggest domestic skips at 8 cubic yards.

You have a few options here – choose a vertically sided walk-in enclosure or a traditional bucket skip shape with a low entry ramp, both of which are suitable for wheelbarrow entry.

As mentioned above, you can also specify a lockable lid on 8 cubic yard bucket skips, giving you extra peace of mind and making this an excellent option if you will need to leave your skip out by the public roadside overnight.

Spring cleaning – What skip do you need?

Spring cleaning - What skip do you need?

Spring cleaning has a different meaning for different people, from a quick dust and polish around the house, to more ambitious redecorating and refurbishing – so what skip do you need for spring cleaning in your household?

Our residential skip hire covers all the bases so however ambitious your spring cleaning might be this year, we’ve got the skip you need to dispose of any waste.

Paint and polish

Spring cleaning is a time when you’ll often get through more materials – some of which can be quite bulky – than you do at other times of year.

That might mean empty containers that once held hazardous cleaning fluids, and are not suitable for disposal in household recycling bins, as well as things like dust sheets and empty paint tubs that just take up a lot of space.

Remember you don’t have to fill a skip for it to be worth hiring a domestic skip – our smaller sizes are ideal for small quantities of waste such as those involved with regular spring cleaning activities.

Rubble and renovations

For more extensive refurbishments and renovations, including house extensions, there’s likely to be all manner of rubble, plasterboard, spare bricks and other building materials to dispose of.

Again, it’s unlikely the bin men will take too kindly to a domestic wheelie bin full of bricks and plaster, so hire a domestic skip and make sure it’s got the capacity to handle all the waste you generate.

Unlike many other companies that provide skip hire in Bolton and the north-west, most of our residential skip hire only supplies walk-in containers – that means you don’t have to wheel a wheelbarrow up a steep ramp to dump waste inside.

Instead, you just have a low, convenient point of entry so it should be easy to get your waste materials into the skip, even if you don’t have any specialist equipment (or even a wheelbarrow) in your home.

Gardens and greenhouses

If your idea of spring cleaning involves getting the garden back to its best, then our skips are an eco-friendly skip hire option too.

Remember, even if you have a garden waste recycling bin, it usually won’t accept soil and might not allow woody growth like hardy shrub branches.

Likewise, your domestic glass recycling bin typically will not accept window glass, which includes the panes of a greenhouse if you are replacing or repairing those.

With domestic skip hire, you get a single convenient place to dispose of all your garden waste including soil, glass and rocks, without having to worry about which is the right bin, or even if you can put it in the bin at all.

Parking and permits

Finally, don’t worry if you don’t have a driveway, as we can deliver your skip to the roadside and arrange the necessary permit for it to stay there until collection.

We can provide you with all the paperwork you need to show that your waste has been removed for recycling and disposal – and we aim for 100% recycling or reuse, so that in most cases, nothing at all goes to land fill.

New Year… New Home?

We’ve all seen the ‘New Year, New You’ features in magazines and on lifestyle blogs, encouraging people to lose weight, or join a gym, or quit smoking, but those ‘makeover’ type New Year’s Resolutions are not for everyone.

An alternative is to give your home a makeover – even in a single room or outside in the garden – as this can transform your living space and help you to find a new lease of life in 2018.

In fact, even just the process of dumping a room’s contents into a hired domestic skip and starting from scratch can be really cathartic, so if you’ve felt stuck in a rut during the winter months, now might be the time to capitalise on those extra few minutes of sunlight each new day brings.

You are not alone

Remember, you don’t have to do it alone. There are plenty of tradespeople on hand to provide the electrician services, plumbing, decorating and skip hire Bolton households need to carry out domestic renovations – so even if you live alone, there’s support for the trickier parts.

Hiring a domestic skip gives you somewhere to dump all of your rubbish, so you don’t have to take heavy furniture to the local tip alone – if it’s not in good enough condition to sell second-hand, you can smash it up and put it into the skip as several smaller pieces that are easier to handle.

This gets even more helpful if you don’t have a car – or at least, if you don’t have a hatchback suitable for transporting large furniture – as your skip hire company will leave your skip within easy reach at the edge of your property or on your unoccupied driveway.

Plenty of choice

Depending on which room or area you choose to decorate, the job can be as big or as small as you make it, from an afternoon spent refreshing the paintwork to completely gutting a kitchen or bathroom and starting over.

If you don’t want to disrupt your living space, think about doing some work in the garden. You could dig new flowerbeds, build raised beds or rockeries, a fish pond, or even install artificial grass for minimal upkeep in the future.

The choice is yours – it’s your home, after all – and with versatile domestic skip hire, Bolton residents have the options they need when it comes to disposing of any waste created by the process.

Sooner is better

It’s easy to give in to the temptation to delay any major upheavals, but it’s also worth making a start sooner rather than later.

The sooner you start, the longer you will have to enjoy your transformed living space, and it makes good sense to get garden transformations finished before spring arrives, so new planting and real-grass lawns can grow in during the main season for growth.

Besides all of that, New Year’s Resolutions can quickly fall by the wayside once January is out of the way – so be proactive about your home makeover, and you will have something to show people when they ask if you are making a change in 2018.

Will this be a DIY Bank Holiday Weekend for you?

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The last Bank Holiday of May is just around the corner, so, what do you have planned? Or, more importantly, what have you had planned for you?! For many of us the extra day off work a Bank Holiday brings means only one thing… DIY!

From simple gardening jobs to major renovation projects, we seem to see our bank holidays as an opportunity to work on our homes rather than use this bonus time off for what it’s intended, a holiday! Before you do anything make sure you have local skip hire sorted and everything you need to get started!

If you are thinking of cracking on with household improvements you’ve been putting off this May 29th, here are a few tips on ‘doing up’ your home this weekend;

Be realistic, possibly our favourite tip, if in doubt, get the professionals out… We’ve all been guilty of biting off more than we can chew, if your project requires aerobatics to paint the ceiling or you’ve never plastered a wall before, stick with the people who know what they’re doing!

Ask for help! Don’t get stuck on a roof/up a ladder/drill through a water pipe all because you’re too proud to ask a friend or neighbour for their help/advice

Google/YouTube it, there are mountains of tutorials available on t’internet, make good use of them. It’s surprising how many top tips and advice you can come across

See it through, one of the major issues with starting a DIY project is not finishing it. Who hasn’t started painting the hall, got distracted and lived with a half-painted wall for 6-months? Ok, maybe just me…

Reward yourself! Another beauty, if you do work your socks off on this most precious of weekends, make sure you treat yourself to a little something at the end of it, you’re worth it!

If you do have plans for clearing out the garage/demolishing/renovating/major gardening this weekend & require a skip, contact J Dickinson & Sons for skip hire in Bolton. If you sort your waste on site you may even be eligible for cashback on your skip hire!

Visit their website at or call 01204 696446 to speak to their friendly team!

Time for a Spring Clean? Here are our top tips on Decluttering your Home

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Spring, traditionally a time for new beginnings. Our trees and plants are starting to come back to life, lambs are being born and Easter is almost here. After the long, dark Winter months, it’s no wonder we want to open our windows, letting in the fresh Spring air and give our houses a good clean.

Starting a Spring clean can, however, seem daunting. Where to start? Here are our top tips for an effective declutter and Spring clean;

Declutter; if you’re serious about a good Spring clean it’s important to get rid of any accumulated rubbish. If you have Children why not donate their old, unused toys to charity? There are some fantastic local charities such as Derian House that will take unwanted items off your hands to sell in their shops. The proceeds help fund their Children’s hospice, offering much needed palliative and respite care

Hire a skip, let’s face it from time to time we all need to be ruthless and simply ‘get rid’. Whether it’s garden furniture that’s seen better days, the gradual accumulation of rubbish we all have in our garages, or old off-cuts and tiles from a recent DIY project. If you’re looking for skip hire in Bolton and the surrounding areas we can help!

Go through one room at a time. Of course, we ALL get distracted, however, working through your house efficiently, one room at a time is the most effective way. Open the windows, start by removing any unwanted items, vacuum carpets, curtains, skirting boards & even ceilings (cobwebs!)

Clean your windows, the inside is just as important as the outside (something that applies to most things in life!) for crystal clear windows Ideal Homes window cleaning guide tells you exactly what you need

Lastly, take your time! You don’t have to do it all in one day, why not set yourself tasks over a realistic period of time? A good Spring clean takes time, but it’s worth it. The rest of the years cleaning should just be about keeping on top of or maintaining your initial deep clean. Another idea is to reward yourself regularly with cups of tea/coffee and the odd biscuit (or you could even treat yourself to something once you’re done)

For more information regarding local skip hire, contact J Dickinson & Sons Ltd on 01204 696646, or visit

5 Best Things to do with the Kids this Easter in Bolton and Greater Manchester

Little girl with a butterfly

Easter is almost upon us, meaning, those of us with kids have the joyous task of keeping them entertained for two plus weeks during their school holidays! If you’re lucky enough to be going away, well done you! If, however, you’re staying local, here are our top 5 things to do in the area to keep the troops entertained!

• Splash Mermaid Academy, any budding Aerials in the family? Manchester’s first mermaid academy has opened in Ashton-under-Lynne. If your water baby has always fancied being a mermaid check out their Facebook page for more details!
• Party and Play Funhouse’s outdoor area opens on April 1st. Hopefully the Easter holidays will bring some sunny weather! If we’re lucky enough to get a few nice days, why not head to Greater Manchester’s only outdoor adventure play area? Visit their website at for more information
• Need to put the kids in a holiday club? Let’s face it, most of us still need to work over the holidays. If you’re looking for a kid’s club in Bolton, the Anderton Centre has started an adventure club, running from 3rd – 21st of April for 6-14 year olds. The emphasis is on outdoor activities, exploring the beautiful Rivington area of Bolton. With activities including archery, canoeing and tree climbing! To book call 01257 484 220
• If you’re thinking of heading to the Trafford Centre over the Easter Holidays, why not pop into Hamley’s? The famous toy store has a variety of events and activities taking place over the holidays. For more information, visit the intu website at
• Bolton and the surrounding area is home to many lovely parks. We’re lucky enough to be close to so many outdoor areas. If you fancy keeping it simple & fun, why not head to one of the many lovely outdoor areas for a day of exploration (why not pack a picnic while you’re at it?). For more information visit the trip advisor page here

Of course the Easter Holidays aren’t just for the kids! If you’re planning on spending some time in the garden now that Spring is upon us, or, have a major DIY project in the pipeline and need reliable skip hire Bolton, contact J Dickinson & sons Ltd on 01204 696446.

If you sort your waste on site before we collect your skip, you may be entitled to cashback on your skip hire as part of our cashback scheme! For more information visit our website at

Thinking of celebrating St. Patricks Day Tomorrow? Here are our top 5 things to do in and around Bolton

Irish tradition

St. Patricks Day is almost upon us. Although traditionally an Irish celebration, it has been embraced and adopted by the English increasingly over the last couple of decades and is more popular than our own St. Georges day. So, why is that? What is it about St. Patricks day that makes us want to let our hair down & have a knees up?!

To put it bluntly, everybody loves a party & the Irish certainly know a thing or two about throwing a shindig. St. Patrick himself is the most identifiable of the Catholic Patron Saints. Celebrating St. Patricks day is a celebration of Irish identity & with so many descendants of Irish Catholics in the North West it’s not surprising it has become a day to look forward (even if it isn’t a bank holiday!).

So, thinking of celebrating St. Patricks Day tomorrow, here are our top 5 things to do in and around Bolton;

Manchester’s Irish Festival – taking place from March 3-18th Albert Square is home to all things Irish for a two-week period, if you’re looking for authentic food, drink and entertainment, head to the city centre

O’Driscolls St. Patricks Day Party – If you’re in the mood for a proper ‘do’ head to O’Driscolls. The entertainment starts at 12pm with Schwebster Brother’s followed by Humdingers, Dublin Road, Dara Woods, Cú-Chulainn and the Joe Keegan Band

If you’re looking for something more local, there are several events taking place over the weekend. See the Bolton Evening News for all the listings

Rugby – What better way to finish off the weekends celebrations than by watching Ireland V England in the Six Nations? Local pubs (if you can face it) will be playing the game on their big screens, why not head out and support your preferred team?

Stay at home – If heading out into the madness really isn’t your thing, why not stay at home, stay warm, watch the rugby and eat some comfort food. This traditional Irish Stew recipe may be the perfect food for a chilly weekend

If you’re more likely to be staying at home than heading out for the craic & have a DIY project on your hands. J Dickinson & Sons Ltd have a fantastic cash back offer at the moment. It’s this simple, sort your waste on site & they will offer you cash back on your skip hire!

If your weekend is looking like it’s going to be more productive than party and you need cheap skip hire in Bolton, give them a call on 01204 696446 to discuss your requirements. Or visit their website at

Plastic in our Oceans – What can WE do to help?

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It isn’t a new problem, it’s something that’s existed for a long time, however, we’re only just beginning to understand the enormity of the issue. What is it we’re talking about? Plastic in our oceans, the problem is simple –  the majority of plastic doesn’t degrade, unfortunately that means that plastic that makes its way into our rivers/seas/oceans and is simply broken up into smaller pieces, it never fully breaks down or goes away.

So how does this affect us and our environment? Well, for one thing… if plastic is floating around in our seas in miniscule pieces that means its making its way into our food chain, be it through the fish we eat or the water we drink.

Larger pieces are playing havoc with our wildlife, from sharks swallowing plastic bags, to turtles and birds getting caught up in beer can holders. The damage can be seen (just google it.) Fortunately, there are some big label companies starting to utilise the plastic found in our oceans and recycle it. Most famously Adidas parley – who now produce a running shoe that is made from 95% ocean plastic.

So, plastic in our oceans – what can WE do to help?? Here are 5 ways you can help reduce & recycle the amount of plastic we use:

Recycle! Yes, it’s fairly obvious, but, how efficiently do you recycle? Start by re-thinking how strictly you recycle your plastics, where possible recycle as much plastic as possible

Don’t buy anything with microbeads! They were hailed as an amazing exfoliator in our skincare products, however, the microbeads in our facial scrubs etc. are made from the same stuff as plastic bags. Stop using them, they’re basically tiny pieces of plastic bags, flushed directly into our water system

Use bags for life, single use plastic bags are one of the biggest problems when it comes to un-necessary plastic waste, make sure you take a bag for life with you, even better use a cotton bag for life

Encourage recycling – recycling like many things is a matter of education. If you have children, encourage them to recycle. No doubt they will be learning about climate change and the environmental impact of plastics at school. Encourage them to recycle at home too, it will soon become a habit!

Here at J Dickinson and Sons Ltd we hope to one – day send zero waste to landfill (another way of plastics getting into our water.) As part of our continuing efforts to reduce waste and encourage recycling we have introduced our waste cashback scheme. The incentive being; if you sort your waste on site (prior to your skip being collected) we will give you cashback on your waste (t’s and c’s apply.)

For further information visit our website or contact our team on 01204 496446.

Top 5 Things to do in Bolton this Half Term

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Quite unbelievably it’s February Half Term already. It may feel like we’ve only just put away the Christmas decorations but, here we are! If you’ve taken time off to look after the kids this half term, you’ll now find yourself with the task of keeping them entertained! Here are a few ideas of places to go and things to do without heading too far:

Jump Xtreme trampoline park – they’re springing up everywhere! If you want to tire the kids our & enjoy a coffee at the same time, try Bolton’s Jump Xtreme
Smithills Open Farm – a classic spot to take the kids in Bolton. If your little one’s love animals, this is the place to head! Check the feeding times on their website beforehand if you really want to engage with nature!
Chill Factore – Ok, it’s slightly farther afield but, if you have dare devils on your hands the Chill Factore offers the thrills they’re looking for, from skiing and snowboarding lessons to messing about on the luge (as a family if you’re up for it!)
On Safari – Located just 5 minutes from Middlebrook, On Safari is a great play centre for those of you with little ones. Why not exhaust them with soft play (and have a go on their amazing slide yourself) then head over to Middlebrook for a bite to eat?
Haigh Hall – The recently updated park (which now includes mini golf and aerial rope climbing) has something for everyone. Weather permitting you can spend a good couple of hours watching the kids pay, there’s also an onsite café for some refreshments

If your half term plans include grabbing some time for yourself (good luck with that) perhaps to do a spot of DIY or clear out the garage. J Dickinson & sons Ltd recently launched their waste cashback scheme. The idea being, if you hire a skip and sort the waste on site yourself (instead of it being sorted back at their recycling facility) you can get cashback on your skip hire! *

If you’re looking for cheap skip hire this half term visit their website at or call their dedicated team on 01204 696446.

*T’s & C’s apply, see website for details