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 www.jdickinson.co.uk 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 www.jdickinson.co.uk

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

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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 www.partyandplayfunhouse.co.uk 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 www.intu.co.uk/traffordcentre
• 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 www.jdickinson.co.uk

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

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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 www.jdickinson.co.uk.

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 www.jdickinson.co.uk or call their dedicated team on 01204 696446.

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

Get Rewarded for Responsible Recycling

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Day to day recycling is second nature to us now. The introduction of recycling bins, the reduction in size of general waste bins, better education and our growing concern for the environment, have made us more conscientious than ever when it comes to our household waste.

But what about the bigger items we wish to dispose of? Whether it’s getting rid of an old mattress or a whole bathroom suite, we have all at some point needed to hire a skip. Choosing a local skip hire firm isn’t as simple as going for the cheapest option. While price is a consideration (of course) you also need to ensure your waste is being disposed of correctly by a licensed, professional business.

Here are some tips on hiring a skip:

Ensure the skip hire firm you choose are fully licensed, this is particularly important if you’re part of the construction industry.

Make sure your skip is the right size for the job, the days of overloading skips are long gone, if you overfill your skip you’ll have to remove waste until it’s level!

Call your local skip hire firm, if you have any queries, simply contact them with your questions. Remember they know what they’re talking about & will advise you on everything from skip sizes to permits.

Using a reputable local skip hire firm ensures your waste is being recycled and disposed of properly. As part of their commitment to the local community and their vision of ‘zero to landfill’. Local skip hire firm J Dickinson and Sons Ltd have developed their waste cashback scheme. The idea is simple, whether it’s for domestic or commercial skip hire, if you sort your waste on site they will give you cashback on your skip (t’s & c’s apply).

Quite simply, not only will you be helping the environment, you’ll also get rewarded for responsible recycling! Everyone’s a winner.

This ongoing scheme will be particularly beneficial for the construction industry. If you use skips for your business and are looking for cheap skip hire, not only do J Dickinson and Sons offer reasonable skip hire rates, they will now refund you money on your skip if the waste has been sorted on site.

For more information download the pdf here or call their dedicated team on 01204 696446. As an added bonus, if you go online now you have the chance to win a romantic meal for 2!







At a Loose End this Weekend? Here are our Top 5 Easy DIY Projects

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Looking for a project to get your teeth stuck into this weekend? Although, for many of us, the weekend is a time of relaxation. For the more DIY savvy among us, there’s nothing better than cracking on with a new project, whether it be putting up some new shelves, or knocking down a wall or two. If you’re in a creative frame of mind, here are our top 5 easy DIY projects:

Add a lick of paint – when we think about painting, it’s usually in terms of wall and skirting boards. However, why not add a lick of paint to your dining furniture, window sills or even picture frames? Small colour changes can make a big difference to your surroundings

Get some cactuses or a terrarium. If, you too struggle to keep plants alive, cactuses or a DIY terrarium (using air plants) could be the answer! Terrariums are incredible popular at the moment, not only are they attractive decorations for the home. They are also incredible easy to keep alive! For inspiration you can visit sites like the Glass Gardener or local makers markets

Put dimmers on your light switches, seriously, it’s a small thing, but lighting can make a huge difference, softer lighting is not only flattering, it also can change the ‘mood’ of any room

Put up some shelving, not just for practical reasons. Shelving can add a focal point to an empty room, you can display your favourite things (or brand new cactus/terrarium). You can also find plenty of cheap shelving online or in your local DIY shop, if you choose wood you can also customise them with the colours of your choice

Finally, empty your garage! Ok, it isn’t the most exciting of projects, but let’s face it, it’s one of those jobs we all put off. Instead of hanging onto random items you will NEVER use again (come on, you know you won’t). Why not get rid?! Think of the extra space you can create. If you have a lot to get rid of, think about hiring a skip

If you are looking for skip hire Bolton this weekend, contact J Dickinson & Sons Ltd (Horwich) on 01204 696446. Their dedicated team will advise you regarding the size of skip you require and answer any queries you may have. Plus, if you visit their website here there is the opportunity to win a romantic meal for two at the Fat Pig Chequerbent!

The Origins of the Skip

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It’s a question that’s long puzzled mankind, much like ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg?’.

An everyday sight on the busy roads and driveways of the United Kingdom. Something so commonplace we barely notice them, and yet without them, what would we do? From garage clear-outs to major DIY projects. Hiring a skip is something we all need to do at some point. So, the question is. Who invented the skip in the first place?

A Bit of Trivia

The origins of the word ‘skip’ come from the word ‘skep’, the word ‘skep’ itself is derived from the Old Norse word ‘skeppa’ which meant ‘basket’. Skep’s were used in old England as hives for honeybees but as modern farming techniques took hold they fell into obscurity.

The word ‘skep’ made a comeback in the Lancashire cotton mills of the Industrial Revolution. The workers used it to refer to the huge wheeled baskets that carried their woven cotton. Skeps were also used in the coal mining industry, although now made of wood and steel they started to be referred to as ‘skips’.

So, how did the actual modern day skip come about? Although the now recognizable shape was designed in Germany in the 1960’s. Actual skips began their lives more locally, in Southport in the 1920’s. These horse-drawn skips solved the problem of how to get waste from the streets of Southport to the local dump. However, over time the logistics involved and greater distances that needed covering became problematic.

Skip hire as we now know it, was developed in the US. The skip or ‘dumpster’ as it’s called by our American friends could be easily moved around due to the addition of hydraulic arms (on wagons of course, not horses!).

While the origins of the skip can be traced across various continents, the local aspect is something that is of interest at local firm: J Dickinson and Sons Ltd. A fourth generation family business, the company’s beginnings were humble, with horse drawn carts, eventually building up to the modern day skips you now see on the roads of Bolton and its surrounding areas.

For more information about the history of J Dickinson and Sons Ltd visit their website or for skip hire Bolton contact their dedicated team on 01204 696446.

Recycling in Bolton, Greater Manchester (and how to do it efficiently)


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Fly-tipping has always been a problem, and in recent years it’s become something more of an issue, particularly in the Bolton area. An article in the Bolton Evening News this week highlighted the concerns of the fire service regarding arson attacks on dumped rubbish throughout the Borough.

So, what are the reasons behind it? Some blame the introduction of the new ‘slim bin’ however, getting rid of our rubbish has always been a problem. We’ve all seen examples of fly-tipping, from small items to the occasional bedframe. Fly-tipping is unsightly, costly and can be incredibly dangerous (particularly the illegal tipping of industrial waste).

While recycling has become increasingly popular. There is still an attitude of “not my problem” when it comes to the day to day responsibilities of separating our paper, plastics and green waste.

Once the bin has been collected we simply don’t give it another thought.
Thankfully schools now teach our children the importance of recycling and how big an impact our unwanted waste has on the environment.

Quite simply; we’re producing more rubbish than ever before, with UK landfill sites on the decline (in the EU landfill sites are now illegal). J Dickinson & Sons Ltd feel it is their social responsibility to divert 100% from landfill and strive for zero to landfill. Their 17 acre sites main purpose is to promote recycling in Bolton.

So what are the most efficient methods of recycling? Here’s a few:

Recycle ALL your plastic! Plastic is one of THE most destructive materials for the environment due to its lack of biodegradability

Get organised, having separate containers for your paper, plastics, glass and tins etc. is the only way!

Obviously most food stuffs can’t be recycled, however, veggies, fruit, herb and organic material (egg shells for example) can be turned into compost. It’s the most natural way to recycle and is great for your garden

Whatever you do, get rid of larger items in a legitimate way, it is illegal to simply ‘dump’ furniture or bin bags full of rubbish on the street and you could face a hefty fine! If you have a lot of stuff to get rid of hire a skip. Check out your local firms for skip hire offers if you’re trying to keep costs down

Start them young, teach your little ones about their responsibility to the environment, this doesn’t just mean recycling it also means encouraging them not to drop waste on the streets

If you’re unsure about bin collection dates or any recycling issues contact your local council. For further information about local waste disposal services in Bolton visit the Bolton council bins and recycling

If you’re looking for skip hire in Bolton visit J Dickinson & Sons Ltd website or contact their team on 01204 696446.