The smart phone app has now been released for England and Wales. The system uses Bluetooth to keep an anonymous log of people the user has been in contact with. It does this by exchanging randomised keys while the Bluetooth signal strength measures proximity.
If the user falls ill, they update the app, which will then ping their keys to a central server and in turn send them off to all app users in search of a match. Should the system determine a person as a close contact, it will automatically send a notification and issue further guidance.
The Health Secretary recently advised Sky News "Every single person who downloads the app is helping to improve how it can keep us safe. It helps you to keep yourself and your loved ones safe,"
For the safety of our staff, customers and suppliers we have advised all members of staff to install the app.
The app is free to use and can be downloaded here Android or iPhone
The Environment Agency have received increased complaints about adverts on social media for Man with Van waste removal. These traders are usually unlicensed and the rubbish they remove may well end up fly tipped somewhere.
These illegal traders undermine legitimate businesses, cause pollution and a blight on the local area. Unwitting users of these services could face a criminal charge and a fine of up to £400. The EA advise people to check the Waste Carrier Licence, not to pay cash, insist on a receipt and to record details of the vehicle used.
We are fully licenced Waste Carriers – our licence is available to download on our website.
Summer is here and we are operating our usual service for supply of topsoil, crushed concrete, aggregates and collection of spoil (muck away).
We have a fleet of tipper and grab lorries for hire to get the materials you require to your site quickly.
Why not give us a call for competitive pricing.
Our industry has been affected by the virus, but things are changing. We are slowly getting back to business as usual.
We would like to thank our customers for their support, patience and understanding in these trying times.
If you are looking for sand, aggregates or muck away please call us or use our online contact form to get in touch.
We are implementing a new service from our Upminster yard. Along with tipping of hardcore we are now able to accept small loads (transit size) of topsoil. We ask that the soil is clean, inert and free from clay.
We are operating as usual for deliveries of turf, topsoil and aggregates.
• Make sure there is enough room on site to house the grab vehicle before you book it. 8 wheeler grabs are approx. 9 ft wide and 22ft long. They load from the side of the vehicle using its bucket and can reach as far out as 8 metres from the centre of the vehicle.
• Think about how much waste you’ll need to dispose of – this will help you decide whether to go for 6 or 8 wheelers. 6 wheelers can hold around 11-13 tonnes and 8 wheelers approx 14-16 tonnes.
• Keep in mind that the cost will vary according to a number of factors: the size of the lorry you require, the type of waste you will be disposing of and where it will be collected from. Grab hire is charged per load for all inert waste types, such as soil, or per load plus tonnage for mixed waste.
• Consider if there are any access restrictions or important factors such as being close to a school.
• Can you sort your waste into soil and hardcore loads to get a reduced price compared to mixed loads.
• Will you need the vehicle at the beginning or end of your project?
In 2019 The Information Commissioners Office had a push on the data protection fee. Thousands of sole traders and small businesses were sent a letter requesting they pay the Data Protection Fee.
When it comes to waste removal, skip hire is a popular choice. But is it the best option? Read our list of Pros and Cons to help you decide.
Grab Hire Pros
Spoil can be removed in less than 30 minutes
Larger loads can be removed
Compared to a general builder’s skip, a grab lorry is usually significantly cheaper
If you need materials on site they can be delivered at the same time, saving you haulage costs
Environmentally friendly - As the loads are generally soil and hardcore the materials can be recycled
Grab Hire Cons
You have to have all of your spoil available and ready for collection
Skip Hire Pros
A range of sizes are available
A wider range of materials can be disposed of
Skips can be emptied/replaced, giving you a constant waste disposal on site
Skips can be on site for a longer period of time
Skip Hire Cons
You have to estimate the amount of waste you will produce before ordering
You may have to obtain a permit
You will have to manually load a skip
Other people may tip their rubbish in your skip
Generally, skip contents are disposed of to landfill
MR Services (Essex) Limited are leading suppliers in the South Essex area for crushed concrete, sand and gravel. We also supply muck away grab lorries or tippers. Rain, sun or snow our fleet of lorries are out serving customers.
We pride ourselves on our competitive pricing and helpful, friendly staff. Why not complete our online form to request a quote.
T1 crushed - 50mm to 0mm recycled aggregate . Typically used as a hard base to a top coating of asphalt, concrete, shingle or block paving. Our Type 1 Crushed Concrete is made from crushed and screened concrete and brick hardcore.
6F2/6F5 - 6F5 - an unbound, coarse recycled aggregate made from crushed hardcore and concrete and graded from 75mm down to dust. 6F2 can be used as bulk fill to build up levels, a layer below T1 crushed, for firming up soft/we ground or as a temporary hardstanding.
Recycled stone - Recycled Pipe Bedding is made from crushed concrete, brick and reclaimed gravel. This free draining aggregate is available in 10mm and 20mm sizes.
Road Planings - Waste product of road resurfacing, used for hard standing and as a finished surface for building sub-bases and farm tracks.
Variable Speed Limits – These are in use on “smart motorways” they monitor traffic flow and can make adjustments to reduce congestion.
However, tens of thousands of drivers have been penalised on UK motorways with variable speed limits. Many of those fines were given out even when the motorway was clear and the speed limit was unnecessarily reduced. A review of the way speed limits are automatically calculated is underway.
Fixed Speed Limits – These are the most common kind of limits and are generally identified by a number within a red circle. Speeds differ depending on the vehicle. The most common are:-
Built up areas 30
Single carriageway 60
Dual carriageway 70
Built up areas 30
Single carriageway 50
Dual carriageway 60
To keep safe and avoid speeding fines we recommend you check your speedometer regularly, especially when leaving high speed roads and try to be aware of the limits at all times.
September sees several weekend closures of the A13 as part of the widening project around the Orsett Cock roundabout.
At the end of August, the A13 was closed in both directions causing traffic chaos. The transport nightmare was compounded by C2C carrying out works and replacement bus services running from/to Stanford-le-Hope.
Local Councillor, Shane Ralph, hit out at the authorities and asked “How was this allowed to happen on the same weekend? Residents of SS17 were basically held hostage in their own towns?”
Unfortunately, locals must endure another weekend of this transport nightmare when the A13 closes for the weekend of 20th September and again C2C have replacement bus services.
The weekend of September 27th sees another weekend closure, thankfully there is no planned maintenance by C2C. For further info check the Thurrock Council website https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/a13-roadworks/widening-a13
We would like to thank our customers for their patience during these frustrating times.
Muck Away is the generic industry standard term used to describe a range of activities that involve the removal of spoil or waste from a construction site. Recently, the regulation has increased, justifiably so, to ensure the protection of the environment. At MR Services (Essex) Ltd we have built up a wealth of expertise in the removal of all waste to licensed facilities. These may be soil treatment, landfill or our own recycling centre.
We specialise in inert muck away which is defined as 'waste that does not undergo any significant physical, chemical or biological transformations and is unlikely to adversely affect other matter with which it comes into contact.' Often included as inert Muck Away is concrete, hardcore and subsoil. Clean concrete and hardcore can be recycled and will generally be at a reduced cost.
If you require further information on muck away classification or competitive pricing, please call us.
What is CPC?
CPC stands for 'Certificate of Professional Competence'. The term “CPC” is used in other industries, to avoid confusion, in the haulage and transport industries it is known as Driver CPC.
Driver CPC certification is a set of standards applied to initial driver training and continuing education. It ensures that drivers are both competent and capable throughout their career.
Post Brexit, professional drivers of will still require a valid CPC to continue operating in the UK.
All drivers licenced prior to 2008/2009 were afforded grandfather rights that gave them an additional five years to complete their CPC training. This extension expires 9th September 2019.
Here at MR Services our drivers are required to complete regular training to ensure they have completed the relevant 35 hours of training by the deadline. Rest assured that our drivers are all competent and capable.
The EA have issued two Essex companies with fines totalling more than £45,000. A Sub contractor was used to clear a site and sadly they fly tipped the spoil in a Colchester farm.
Here at MR Services we are fully licenced waste carriers with our own recycling centre. We do not engage sub-contractors to dispose of waste. By using MR Services Essex Ltd you can be sure your site spoil will be disposed of correctly.
Why not call one of our friendly team for competitive pricing?
We have taken delivery of a new Volvo FMX420 which is known as “A Construction Giant” Volvo describe it as their toughest, strongest, most robust truck. Capable of transporting large loads in rough conditions without getting bogged down.
This purchase will enable us to service our client’s needs more efficiently.
Why not give us a call for competitive pricing.
What is ISO 9001:2015?
ISO 9001 is the international standard for a quality management system. The standard is based on a number of quality management values including a strong customer focus, motivation, continual improvement, risk reduction, customer satisfaction and traceability through the implementation of various management system processes.
Here at MR Services (Essex) Ltd we have embraced the Certification process and used it as a positive means to improve systems we have in place to ensure conformity of the goods and services we provide.
We are pleased to announce that our recent external audit we gained a Grade 1 Pass.
If you need topsoil for any area of your garden, you need to be careful what you are buying and who you are buying from. You must make sure you use a reputable provider like MR Services (Essex) Limited otherwise you may find yourself with inferior topsoil that is useless for your needs.
What Are the Different types available?
Depending on your requirements, there are three main types of topsoil, these are Premium screened, Eco Screened and BS3882 – they have very different uses and prices.
Economy Screened Topsoil
The soil is passed through a 20mm mesh to ensure that anything larger does not enter the final product.
Premium Screened Topsoil
The soil is passed through a smaller 10mm mesh.
The soil is consistently high-quality and is certified to industry standard BS3882 and CLEA model. It undergoes regular laboratory testing for physical and chemical analysis as well as contamination assessment.
Which soil should I chose?
The difference in your choice comes down to how you are likely to use the topsoil. If you are just filling in gaps, general landscaping or laying turf, then the Eco soil will be sufficient. However, if you would like to grow plants, including flowers and vegetables, then Premium soil will be essential to ensure proper growth of your new garden. For developers and local authorities BS3882 soil is recommended.
Q Who needs to be registered as a waste carrier?
A Anyone that transports someone else’s waste as part of their own trade or for profit must be registered. Additionally, tradespeople who are transporting spoil they have created themselves such as builders carrying rubble and plaster, plumbers carrying old baths or landscapers carrying trees, shrubs or unused turf.
The requirement to be licensed as a waste carrier applies regardless of where the waste is taken. This could be to the carrier’s own premises, someone else’s premises or to a licenced disposal facility. This rule applies to the waste carrier irrespective of whether they are a limited company, partnership or solo trader.
Fines for non-compliance can be up to £5,000. Indeed, in August 2018 The Metro Newspaper published a report of a roofer who was fined £300 for carrying empty crisp packets without a Waste Carrier Licence.
Fly tipping has increased by 140% in the last five years. If your contractor is not licenced they may be fly tipping your waste. If it is personally identifiable, you could be liable for a fine of up to £400.
If you would like to check your contractor is licenced check the public register
By working with us you can be assured that all inert waste is categorised and disposed of at an appropriately licenced site, legally and in accordance with Duty of Care Regulations.
A proposed new road – the Lower Thames Crossing – linking Kent and Essex would nearly double capacity across the Thames, according to Highways England. The new crossing, if approved, could have a sizeable impact on the UK haulage industry, with a new road tunnel beneath the Thames almost halving the current transit times at the Dartford Crossing. The project would represent Britain’s single largest road upgrade since the M25 was completed in 1986. It is forecast that in its first year, more than 27 million vehicles would use the crossing, including 4.5 million heavy goods vehicles
The new road, planned to open in 2027, would consist of a 14.5-mile three-lane dual carriageway connecting the M2 near Rochester in Kent and the M25 in Essex. The actual Thames crossing would take the form of a 2.4-mile tunnel under the river between Tilbury and Gravesend, making it the longest road tunnel in the UK. There would be a fee for using the crossing, which has been described as a “user charge”, similar to the Dart Charge in operation at the Dartford Crossing, rather than a toll.
What this means to us
Highways England claim there would be a reduction in traffic flow by as much as 18,000 drivers on the A13 between the M25 junction 30 and the Crossing.
However, an increase between 9,000 and 21,000 drivers on the A13 between the A128 junction (at Orsett Cock) and the A130 junction after the Pitsea Flyover.
At present there are road widening works taking place on the A13 at the Orsett Cock junction, these are inevitably resulting in delays which will of course escalate as the project progresses.
Check Highways England Website for further details.
Sand and gravel are two of the core materials used in the construction industry. These naturally occurring minerals are very versatile and are used in many ways, some of which are explored below.
Both sand and gravel are heavily utilised in the construction of concrete. Ordinarily, gravel is mixed with asphalt to form a sturdy, waterproof road surface. During colder months, a combination of sand and gravel is used to improve traction
Many people are surprised when they learn that sand and gravel are used within the roofing industry. Very often these two materials are used to make roof shingles. Sand and gravel can also be mixed together to form a roofing aggregate.
Sand and gravel are often used together to form an aggregate, especially for the use of private driveways and car parks. Another important use that they have is that of water filtration in newly developed plots and outdoor areas, particularly at the side of newly built roads.
Sand and gravel are also used for the construction of glass. Both foundry and abrasive sand are used in glass production. What makes sand such a special material for making glass is the quartz content (or the silica).
If you are currently carrying out construction work on your property, or garden, and need waste removed or large amounts of gravel or sand moved on site, then please do get in touch with MR Services (Essex) Ltd today..
From minor DIY tasks to larger construction projects, tipper lorry hire offers the ideal solution for transporting materials and waste, tipping materials in the required destination swiftly.
The way tipper lorries are designed and operated makes them perfectly suited for projects where building materials such as soil, gravel, hardcore and aggregates need to be cleared away from or delivered to site.
If you are searching for an efficient, cost-effective way of clearing away your inert material or transporting aggregates, look no further than MR Services (Essex) Ltd. We offer a 32 tonne/8 wheeler lorries so all materials can be loaded on your site at your convenience. For further information or professional advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, we are more than happy to help.
Grab lorries are an invaluable resource for anyone undertaking large scale building works such as digging out footings or demolishing sections of a building. Materials can be piled up and removed from your site quickly and efficiently. Our lorries can load and remove your excavated waste away within 30 minutes.
We can provide six wheelers holding approximately 13 tonnes or eight wheelers holding approximately 17 tonnes all operated by our highly skilled and fully trained staff. Despite being large vehicles with huge capacity, they are also small and agile enough to fit onto most sites, making the job of material delivery and waste collection even easier.
Our grabs are not only useful for waste management and site clearance, they are also great for the delivery and movement of aggregates. A huge range of materials can be supplied to at very competitive rates, delivered to the right area of your site by our lorry for the ultimate in convenience.
Why not call us for pricing?
Phew what a scorcher! are the words on everyone’s lips this month. People are spending more time outside in an attempt to keep cool.
If your garden needs some attention we can help with materials to match your budget: sand, gravel, turf, topsoil, ballast etc. We can even supply a grab lorry to remove the spoil.
Our prices are competitive and our service is second to none.
Why not call us for pricing?
BBQ season is upon us, we spend more time out in the garden with family and friends in July. Now is the time to get your garden ready for the school holidays and those BBQs in the balmy weather.
We can supply turf, topsoil, sand, ballast, recycled materials, gravel etc at very competitive prices.
Why not give us a call for pricing and availability?
Summer has arrived at last. With the lighter evenings you will probably want to spend more time in your garden.
If you are looking for materials to complete those overdue projects, please give us a call.
We can supply turf, topsoil, recycled materials, sand, ballast etc. All delivered lose to your home or business at very competitive rates.
Spring is here. Now is the time to start on all of those little projects you have been putting off for winter.
We can supply topsoil, turf and a range of aggregates.
Why not give us a call for a quote?
We are pleased to announce that we have sold the skip division of the company to Skip-Pro Limited. If you have one of our skips for collection or exchange please call Skip-Pro on 07717 154 545 or check out their website for further details.
We are now concentrating on the Grab & Tipper divisions of the company and will continue to provide muckaway and delivery of aggregates as previously.
We would like to thank all of our skip hire customers for their patronage over the last thirteen years and look forward to continuing to serve you with muckaway and aggregate deliveries.
After an several months of hard work and effort MR Services attained ISO9001 accreditation to the new 2015 standard.
Our Audit took place 7th March 2017 and we are pleased to announce that we gained a pass on our first attempt at the new standard.
The office girls, Alice Raymond and Lin Wilson together with the office alarm system, Jake (the Sprocker) Wilson took part in Cancer Race for Life. They were joined by Mrs Christine Raymond (Wife of Director Charlie).
To see more pictures please check Jake's blog page Jake Sez
The girls raised £510.00 for 2016
M R Services held a staff go-karting competition at Brentwood Karting Raceway! The winner was Mark Raymond, Brett took second, Gary came third. Grab team wins, which meant no placements for tipper, skip or admin teams.
The office girls, Alice Raymond and Lin Wilson together with the office alarm system, Jake (the Sprocker) Wilson took part in Cancer Race for Life. They were joined by Mrs Christine Raymond (Wife of Director Charlie), Loui (the bichon frise) Raymond, Lin's sister Rebekah Prince and a friend Natalie Excell.
To see more pictures please check Jake's blog page Jake Sez
The girls raised £635.00 for 2015
We are pleased to announce that Alice Raymond has joined the family business as an Administration Assistant.
Khylie makes an honest man of Director, Mark Raymond, in Brentwood
Office Alarm, Jake Wilson and Office Manager, Lin Wilson, took part in the 5k Race for Life at Basildon along with her two sisters, Deborah Edrich and Rebekah Prince
Deborah was the first adult across the line at 22 mins. Rebekah, Lin and Jake were slighly behind her at 1 hour 4 mins
They raised over £1,100 for Cancer Research UK
MR Services further expand their fleet by investing in a new Hino 500 skip lorry.
The HINO 500 Series is the embodiment of HINO's uncompromising philosophy and technologies for creating trucks for the next age.
MR Services take over the old Skipfast yard, The Brewery, London Road, Stanford-le-Hope. There has been a skip yard on this site for more than 20 years, we intend to keep up this tradition for years to come. At present the yard is only open for tipping by our own vehicles and existing customers with small amounts (transit van). Unfortunately, we are unable to accept skip lorries at this time.
After an awful lot of hard work and effort MR Services attained ISO9001 accreditation.
ISO9001 helps us ensure that we meet the needs of customers together with meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to the industry