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December 2022

Merry Christmas & Happy New year!

It’s been a great year and we thank you all for your support and valued custom!

We will be closing for Christmas Friday 23rd December 2022
and reopening Tuesday 3rd January 2023

We wish you all the best this holiday season and look forward to another brilliant year with you all!

With thanks,
All of us here at M R Services Essex Ltd

November 2022 

Here comes the rain!

What a wet start to November! No doubt some of us experienced flooding and have been left with big puddles all over our gardens! Here are a few things you can do to help keep you puddle free!

Changing soil composition - If your garden has thick clay soil, there is a very good chance that you will have water-logging issues. To change the soil composition, you will need to dig out the top layer of the clay then replace it with sandy/stony topsoil to allow water to freely flow through the surface.

Soak away – Soak away areas are frequently used in large gardens. A soak away is a dugout area filled with hardcore/concrete nuggets or gravel where water can sit without causing issues until it eventually drains away.

Soil Aeration - This involves using a spiked roller to punch thousands of holes in the soil and bring back some of the spaces needed to allow surface water to drain through the soil.

We can deliver and supply all materials and aggregates to help with your drainage needs. We stock a grade B topsoil that we screen at 15mm, meaning the soil does contain some small stones making it a great topsoil for building up areas and laying under turf, while allowing water to soak through.

For any information, prices or availability please give us a call today on 01375 893912

MR Services Essex
MR Services Essex

October 2022 

Lin Wilson, the Office Manager/Bookkeeper is retiring after almost 15 years’ service with the company. We would like to acknowledge her hard work and loyalty and take this opportunity to wish her a long and healthy retirement.

Julie Pailthorpe is taking over the position from 20th October. She has worked within the construction industry for many years and brings experience and wisdom to the post.

If you are looking for sand, stone, topsoil, hardcore, turf, or mixed material, why not call us or use our online Online Contact form to get in touch or call us on 01375 893 912

September 2022 Out with the old, in with the new

The Bank of England will withdraw legal tender status of paper £20 and £50 notes after 30 September 2022.

If you have any paper £20 or £50 notes, you are encouraged to use them or deposit them with your bank or Post Office before 30 September 2022.

What to do with paper notes after 30 September

Once the 30 September 2022 deadline has passed, you will no longer be able to use Bank of England paper notes in shops, or use them to pay businesses.

After this date, many UK banks will accept withdrawn notes as deposits from customers. Some Post Offices may also accept withdrawn notes as a deposit into any bank account you can access with them.

The Bank of England will always exchange any withdrawn notes, including paper notes that have been withdrawn in the past.

MR Services Essex
MR Services Essex

Aug 2022 What are Road Planings/Scalpings

Road planings are produced as a when the surface layer of a tarmac road or path is removed. They are known by many names: scalpings, road scrapings, crushed asphalt, tarmac chippings, tarmac scalpings or crushed tarmac.

Hard standings, driveways, patios, sub-bases, paths, highways and farm tracks.

A low cost aggregate
Natural resource
Non-permeable once they have been laid for a while

We can supply loose road planings by the tonne, delivered direct to your site or small loads are available for collection from our Upminster Yard.

July 2022 Building Sand -v- Ballast

All building projects require the appropriate aggregates to be used to ensure the desired finished effect. Two of the most commonly used aggregates are building sand and ballast.

What is Ballast?
Ballast is a blend of sand, stone and gravel

Used in the making of concrete for a variety of landscaping uses – from path edgings and shed bases to kerbs and securing fence posts

What is Building Sand?
Building sand is essentially made from rocks that have been broken up and eroded over time and ground down to form much smaller particles. One of the primary ingredients of sand is silica, the other is feldspar, both naturally occurring materials.

Due to its soft, durable construct it is utilised in bricklaying, screeding and plastering applications.

MR Services Essex
MR Services Essex


The construction industry together with landscaping companies use a large volume of aggregates. From concrete mixing to laying driveways and paths there are many uses for these fragments of stone and other materials.

A recent study by UK Green Building Council (GBC) noted that the construction industry contributes to approximately 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint. On average the UK consumes 200m tonnes of aggregates per annum. Thankfully, the use of recycled products is on the increase from 25% in 2017 to 28% in 2019 and hopefully this trend will continue.


Recycled aggregates are materials that have previously been used for construction. Unwanted materials are removed from site and sent to a licenced waste facility where they are processed and crushed.


• Affordability
• Durability
• Versatility
• Eco-Friendliness

Be sure to order early for the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend to avoid disappointment.

May 2022 – Top 5 household uses for Aggregates

What are Aggregates?
Whilst aggregates are mainly used for construction, they also have uses for everyone, including residential purposes. They are an extremely useful resource that are used on a lot of different projects in a range of industries.

Aggregates are the most mined material in the and are usually particulate material used in construction. They are often added as components to create composite materials such as concrete and asphalt, adding strength and conductivity. Some of the most common aggregates include sand, stone, grass, clay and topsoil.

Top 5 uses

1. Driveways
If you have holes or bumps in your driveway, aggregates can be used to resurface it. They can be spread over the gaps and will easily lock together to create a surface you can then drive over.
2. Pathways
Aggregates are an ideal material to make a path out of due to their aesthetically pleasing look, instantly adding a different dimension to your outside space. Because of their small size they are also very diverse, you could make a straight, rigid path or a curving, sleek track. Gravel or sand are great choices for pathways in your garden or at the front of your house.
3. Garden Beds
You can cover up unsightly soil in a garden bed by covering it with aggregates. This will make your garden beds look neat and tidy, and then if you need to plant anything else you can simply remove the aggregate and have the soil underneath ready to plant in.
4. Creating A Pond
If you are looking to install a pond in your garden, aggregates can be perfect to create a border, soften the edges and create a ramp for wildlife. Just ensure you choose an aggregate that is suitable for fish, as some can affect the PH level of the water.
5. Drainage
Aggregates are an ideal solution for improving your drainage. In plant beds, if you place aggregates at the bottom of them, they will allow water to filter through without taking unnecessary soil through with it. They also improve drainage if put on top of soil.

Looking For Aggregates in Essex?
If you are looking for aggregates and live in or around the South Essex area, shop with MR Services (Essex) Ltd today. We stock a range of top-quality aggregates available at competitive prices, supplying our customers with a prompt same day delivery service for over 17 years.

MR Services Essex
MR Services Essex

April 2022 Highlight on ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001 is the international standard for a quality management system. 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 have been working hard on streamlining our processes especially electronic document management. There have been a few teething problems but on the whole things are working well.

Our Quality Management System is constantly evolving and improving. As result, we are pleased to announce that at our latest external audit we gained a grade 1 pass. This is our fourth year running of attaining this highest-level pass. We are justifiably proud of this achievement.

March 2022 – Focus on Site Clearance

If you require a professional and efficient site clearance in South Essex, we are proud to offer excellent site clearance services at affordable prices without compromising on quality. Regardless of the size or nature of your site clearance requirements, we will be able to work with you to ensure your project is completed on time and within budget.

We can save you money on skip hire and the unnecessary hours of work that entails. We can supply a quick and cost-effective method for your construction waste clearance. We will quickly and professionally clear all waste from site and dispose of it safely in an environmentally friendly manner, providing the appropriate waste hierarchy paperwork.

We have extensive experience in dealing with all types of site clearance, so you don't have to. Why not call us or use our

We have extensive experience in dealing with all types of site clearance, so you don't have to.

MR Services Essex
MR Services Essex

February 2022 - Green Credentials

Here at MR Services Essex we are passionate about recycling. Concrete and hardcore spoil collected from construction sites is processed and recycled.

Similarly, soil is treated and recycled. Approximately 95% of the construction waste we collect is recycled either at our own yard or that of a licenced transfer station.

We sell smaller loads of topsoil and aggregates loose rather than using the plastic bagged products available from your local DIY store. This in turn keeps our pricing low.

Cutting back
• We ensure that minimal electrical items are left running overnight.
• We have switched to paper-free invoicing
• By recycling we are using less energy of processing new raw materials
• Recycling materials produces lower carbon emissions
• Our motto is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

If you are interested in our recycled products please use our contact form.

January 2022

Wishing all of our customers a happy and prosperous New Year. 

MR Services Essex
MR Services Essex

Dec 2021 – Christmas Shutdown

We will close early on Friday 24th December and will re-open Tuesday 4th January 2022. We would like to wish all of our customers and suppliers a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.

For pricing on muck away or delivery of topsoil and aggregates please use our Online Contact form to get in touch or call us on 01375 893 912

Nov 2021 – Fleet Expansion 

We have taken delivery of a new Volvo FMX420. The unit features the MR Services (Essex) Ltd livery with the distinctive white cab and blue body in our corporate colour. The new vehicle is Euro 6, ULEZ compliant and fitted with the latest camera and safety equipment.

This purchase will enable us to service our client’s needs more efficiently.

MR Services Essex
MR Services Essex

October 2021- GB Vehicle stickers

From 28th Sept anyone wishing to use their vehicle in Europe needs to display a UK number plate or a sticker covering the GB symbol on the left hand side.

You now need to display a UK sticker clearly on the rear of your vehicle if your number plate has any of the following:

GB identifier with the Union flag
Euro symbol
National flag of England, Scotland or Wales
Numbers and letters only – no flag or identifier

The good news is that for around £5 for 2 x number plate stickers and the oval sticker are widely available online.

September 2021 - Local lockdowns this winter?

Professor Tim Spector who leads the ZOE Covid Symptom Study App at Kings College, London has reportedly said that regional rules could be necessary this winter, when viruses circulate easier.

Here at MR Services we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. Including urging staff to be vaccinated and of course the usual measures of hand-washing, social distancing, additional cleaning and contactless deliveries where possible.

We are hopeful that Essex will remain lockdown free and look forward to delivering to your site soon.

MR Services Essex
MR Services Essex

August 2021 – Grab Hire FAQ

What Is Grab Hire?
Grab lorries are vehicles that are used to clear away large amounts of waste from difficult to reach areas, using their attached hydraulic arm.

What Size Is A Grab Lorry?
Our lorries, on average, are around 3 metres wide. In order to allow us to successfully enter your site, ensure that all access points have sufficient clearance either side.

What Is A Grab Used For?
They are used for the collection and transportation of large amounts of waste from construction projects either commercial or domestic. The hydraulic arm means that tricky areas can be reached easily, with less manpower required to shift heavy loads.

What Material Can A Grab Lorry Carry?
Our lorries can carry a variety of materials including; Soil, Muck, Aggregates, concrete and topsoil, this is classed as inert waste. We do not take hazardous waste, general mixed waste, green waste or contaminated waste. If any of these are found in the load, then there could be an extra charge for haulage and tonnage as it will have to be tipped at the appropriate site.

How Long Will The Grab Take To Load?
How long the vehicle takes to load depends on where the waste is situated - if it is neatly set out in one place, it will take around 15-20 minutes to load.

How Much Can A Grab Lorry Carry?
Our 8-wheeler lorries weigh around 16 tonnes when they are empty, and the maximum authorised mass of these lorries is 32 tonnes, so they can carry 16 tonnes of waste. In terms of volume, this is between 12 and 15 cubic metres, depending on the type of material.

How far can A Grab Lorry Reach?
Our 8-wheeler lorries can reach approximately 7.6m from the vehicle.

Can The Grab Lorry Load Over A Fence Or Wall?
As long as the driver can position the lorry alongside the fence or wall, and they can see the material from the control platform, then a grab lorry can load over a wall.

Where Should I Leave My Waste For Grab Hire?
The place you choose for your waste is crucial to the efficiency of its removal. Ensure that you place it out in the open, away from low hanging tree branches and cables, positioned in a place that allows the driver to pull up directly alongside the waste.

July 2021 – Surprising items that can be recycled

Crayons - are non-decomposable but can be recycled to help schools, educators and children across the country.

Batteries - not all can be recycled but many can. They are not permitted to go into household recycling bins, but many shops and supermarkets that sell batteries offer a recycling point.

Christmas Trees – recycling is becoming more widespread, many local councils provide a kerbside collection in early January.

Oil – used cooking and engine oil can usually be recycled at your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC). There is usually a limit on this service so please check before you go.

Carpet – A use can always be found; as a rug, dog bed, car boot lining or even to cover a veg patch in winter to prevent weed growth.

Light bulbs - Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or low energy light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and are accepted at HWRCs

Inhalers - There is a scheme currently in place by GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) find your local inhaler drop off point here

Eyeglasses – approximately 3.6m pairs of glasses go to landfill every year. They cannot be put in your household recycling but Vision Aid Overseas will refurbish your specs and donate to those in need

MR Services (Essex) Ltd are committed recycling – see our Environmental Policy for details.

For pricing and availability Please use our contact form.

MR Services Essex
MR Services Essex

June 2021 – Awareness days 

We have been checking out the awareness days. May was a big month for Mental Health, Skin Cancer, Measurement (Blood Pressure) and Tourette Awareness. Thankfully we have some fun things to look forward to in June, here are a list of our favourites.

17/5 – 17/6 National Smile Month
30/5 – 5/6 Bike Week
1/6/21 World Milk Day
1/6/21 International Children’s Day
1/6 – 30/6 National Candy Month
3/6/21 National Egg Day
4/6/21 National Cheese Day
4/6/21 National Fish & Chip Day
15/6/21 National Beer Day
21/6/21 Bring Your Dog to Work Day
22/6 -27/6 National Picnic Week

We hope you enjoy these special days and the upcoming mini heatwave that has been predicted.

We are optimistic that the warmer weather will enable us to produce topsoil. For pricing and availability Please use our contact form.

May 2021 - Roadmap out of Lockdown

A huge tranche of changes happened on 17th May. International travel was reviewed, several places were put on the “Green list” but only Gibraltar and Portugal in Europe. Up to 30 people can meet outdoors and 6 people (two households) can meet indoors. The long-awaited indoor entertainment opened up too.

We are now eagerly looking forward to Step 4 which will take place no earlier than 21st June which will see no legal limits on social contact. Hopefully further travel restrictions will be lifted and we will be able to have a proper summer holiday.

Here at MR Services we have worked hard to ensure the safety of our staff and customers and we would like to thank you for your co-operation.

MR Services Essex
MR Services Essex

April 2021 - Highlight on
ISO 9001:2015

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 despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, our recent external audit we gained a Grade 1 Pass.together. 

March 2021 – Highlight on Building Waste Materials

No matter how small your building project is, you will generate waste. There are several ways to dispose of this spoil: Grab lorry, Recycling, Skip lorry or bulk bag.

Skip lorry and bulk bags are great because you don’t have to sort your waste - on the downside it can be a very expensive method of disposal.

Recycling is a great way to save money. Reusing bricks or blocks as hardcore or even reselling unused materials on one of the many specialist websites. Helping the environment is of course the best feature of recycling.

Finally, our speciality Grab lorries. We are able to remove from site large quantities of soil/bricks/concrete. All you have to do is place it in a spot easily accessible and we do the rest. To make further savings if you sort the spoil into soil and concrete/brick loads the latter attracts a much lower price per load. 

Why not give us a call for competitive pricing or use our online form.

MR Services Essex
MR Services Essex

February 2021 

Today (3/2/21) marks the 16th Birthday of MR Services (Essex) Ltd. There have been some changes along the way that have made us into the Company we are today.

We provide a top quality service for muck away, removal, disposal and recycling as well as the supply of aggregates, topsoil and turf.

We are an ISO 9001 registered company, Fully Licensed Waste Carriers with our own transfer station conforming to WAMITAB regulations and we pride ourselves on our excellent health and Safety record.

Our customers and suppliers have been instrumental in our success and we would like to thank you all and look forward to another 16 years of trading together. 

January 2021

Happy New Year!

We would like to thank our customers and suppliers for the help provided and consideration shown during the year that was 2020.

We are looking forward to better things during 2021 and despite the latest lockdown we will remain open.

Please use our online form to contact us

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