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.

Planning a New Year Declutter? Why Hiring a Skip is a Great Option

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The New Year marks for many of us a new beginning, and a fresh start. The beginning of the year has traditionally been a time for getting your house in order. Whether it’s a spring clean, or a project on more of a 60 – minute makeover scale. There’s something satisfying about getting rid of the old to make way for the new.

If you are planning on decluttering your house over the coming weeks, hiring a skip could be the best decision you make. So, why hire a skip from J Dickinson & Sons Ltd? Here are a few good reasons;

1. Half price skip-hire this January with their 50% off winter offer *
2. A safe, legal and efficient method of waste disposal
3. Take the stress out of getting rid of your household waste, from mattresses to old electrical goods
4. Environmentally friendly, 75% of the waste collected is then recycled at their onsite recycling unit
5. A variety of skip sizes to suit your needs

If you’re worried about what size skip you may need; calling your local skip hire firm can settle any questions you may have. A good rule of thumb is a 2-yard skip holds approximately 30-35 black bin bags of rubbish.

Obviously for bigger items a bigger skip will be required, and don’t forget they need to be level filled! The last thing you want is to spend a couple of days and a whole lot of energy, only to have to remove items sticking out or hanging over the edge of your skip.

For more information about skip hire Bolton visit J Dickinson & Sons Ltd website at or call their team on 01204 696446 to discuss your requirements.

* Winter offer Ts & Cs: Only available on 2-7 yard skips within a 12 kilometre radius of our site

J Dickinson & Sons are proud to announce that our new website it now live!


With the advent of the New Year J Dickinson & Sons are proud to announce that our new website it now live. With over 70 years’ experience in the business, we know the importance of keeping up with the latest technology and so our site is fully responsive across all platforms meaning our customers can even get a skip hire quote on the go.

We’ve been given a bit of a facelift and have made our site easier to navigate for a better user experience. There’s a handy skip hire quote form on every page and we’ve freshened up our content. There’s information on all our services and our blog will be updated with all the latest news from J Dickinson & Sons.

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