From John O’Groats to Lands End in the ‘Mighty Micra’

From John O’Groats to Lands End in the ‘Mighty Micra’


Paul Harper, Transport Manager for Avon Material Supplies has recently completed a charity driving challenge from John O’Groats in Scotland to Lands End in Cornwall. 

The challenge was different because of the amount of petrol and time Paul was allowed to use to complete his journey. Here’s a rundown of how his trip went. 

Beginning his journey from John O’Groats on Saturday 1st September at 05:30 am, Paul drove the first 280 miles to get him to Edinburgh. A well-deserved quick pit stop for coffee and fuel was waiting for him, but keen to skip the traffic he decided to avoid the motorways for the next part of his journey. 

Another full tank of petrol got Paul to Retford in Nottingham, at this point he had travelled over 520 miles in his Micra, but day 1 didn’t stop there. With another refuel and cup of coffee, he was ready to endure some more miles. 

With light traffic, great weather and the Micra performing well, Paul decided to push on past Leicester, the original planned overnight stop and drive on to Cirencester. Day 1 finished at 8 pm with a total of 661 miles driven.

An early 5 am start on Sunday meant that Paul was on track to finish the challenge in good time, with the 3rd refuel of the trip completed he was back on the road with the ending in sight. Plymouth was the next resting stop, safe in the knowledge only 75 miles left to go. 

Finishing the challenge after 20.5 hours of driving, Paul arrived at 11 am at Lands End after using 87 litres of petrol and travelling 952 miles with no need to add extra oil or water. 

As fun as the challenge was, Paul was raising money for the Cancer Research UK.  So far he has raised a total of £1110 and with a target of £1500, he’s very close to his goal. 

See the gallery below for some pictures from his challenge >> 

 

New Transport Manager strengthens the team at Avon Material Supplies

Paul Harper joins Avon Material Supplies

Paul Harper has joined leading Dorset based aggregate and haulage supplier, Avon Material Supplies (AMS) as their Transport Manager.

With almost 30 years of experience in the transport industry, including challenging roles as both a Network and Operations Manager, Paul brings a wealth knowledge to the already, highly skilled AMS management team.

The role of a Transport Manager at AMS is diverse and will involve Paul overseeing the operation and upkeep of a large vehicle fleet, which includes variously sized tipper, skip and grab trucks. In addition to this, Paul will be working closely with the skilled drivers employed by AMS to ensure the fleet continues to be operated safely in an efficient manner that is environmentally conscious.

It is also hoped that Paul’s proven background in transport, management, compliance and engineering will allow AMS to achieve higher fuel efficiencies and lower ongoing maintenance costs without compromising the organisation’s high service standards.

“The appointment of Paul as our Transport Manager is seen within AMS as a huge success because his enthusiasm and experience is exactly what we need to move AMS forward, through the achievement of improved fleet operations”. – Ian Mariner, Managing Director

 With a healthy ‘fleet’ of accreditations and qualifications under his belt, Paul will be supporting both the Managing Director Ian Mariner and General Manager Niall Roberts, with the day-to-day management of Avon Material Supplies.

 “I am keen to utilise my skills and practical experience so the AMS fleet operates efficiently whilst being able to provide a larger range of services to its ever-growing customer base in the areas of Dorset and Hampshire.” – Paul Harper, Transport Manager

Founded in 1993, Avon Material Supplies is now one of the leading aggregate and haulage suppliers in Dorset, Somerset and West Hampshire.

Top tips for choosing local skip hire

Top tips for choosing local skip hire

When looking for local skip hire in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset you will want to be sure you are receiving a competitive price from a reputable provider who offers a reliable service and great customer care, so the process from ordering to the pickup of the skip is hassle-free.

With this in mind, below we have outlined our top tips to use when starting your search for a local skip hire company.

Order when you’re ready to start filling

It’s all well and good getting organised, but realistically, you want your skip to be ready when you are, this way it won’t be sitting there for longer than necessary, possibly racking up extra rental charges that are easily avoidable.

If your home is on a busy street or your skip will be kept on your businesses forecourt, you will also want to ensure that passersby don’t use your skip as their own tip… another reason to fill it up and get the skip removed as soon as you can!

It’s good to know that at Avon Material Supplies (AMS), we can deliver, exchange and collect our skips the next day in most cases, so you don’t have to worry about it hanging around.

Did you know? Our local skip hire prices include a 2 week hire period, so you won’t receive an unexpected bill for keeping your skip on the driveway for up to 14 days!

Do your research

When looking for local skip hire you may be overwhelmed by how many companies there are to choose from. Some local skip hire companies will entice you in with cheap prices, but catch you out on their terms and conditions, meaning you will probably end up paying more in the long run.

At AMS, our ‘all in’ pricing is completely transparent and when booking we will be sure to inform you of any extra charges that may incur, such as hire of lights & cones, road permits and rental charges for extra weeks.

When researching your shortlisted skip hire companies, consider the following:

  • Cost – are they going to catch you out?
  • Legal requirements – do they have the correct licences, permits and insurances to be able to carry out the service you require. Please remember its the waste producers responsibility to ensure their waste is collected and disposed of legally!
  • Convenience – how quickly can they drop off, exchange and pick up the skip?
  • Reviews – have they got a Google Business page or Facebook page to back up what they are saying?

“I cannot say how pleased I am with the service I received enough. The initial query was answered extremely quickly and a quick delivery slot was arranged. The delivery driver was fantastic. It was delivered quickly and neatly in the exact place I asked (not easy to get to!). All in all an absolutely fantastic service all round.” – Sarah, customer of AMS

Save money by speaking to the professionals

When choosing your skip, you may be unsure about the size that you will require. Getting this right first time means you can save a lot of money by avoiding paying for unused space in a skip that is too large or having to book a second skip after you’ve started filling the first.

Our professional team have been helping people pick the right skip size for many years, and although we can only provide suggestions based on the information provided, we should be able to give you a fairly accurate recommendation.

When asking for guidance on skip sizes it’s helpful if you can provide clarification on the type of waste(s) you have to remove and the approximate amount of square metre space you have to remove the waste from. Common waste types placed in our skips include; mixed household, garden, rubble, construction, wood and plasterboard

You can also get a lot of information from our skip brochures, including dimensions, which can be found here >>

Segregate your waste

To get the best value for money, if possible, you should segregate your waste where you can because single waste streams are cheaper to dispose of. For example, when ordering you can specifically choose a garden waste skip for the disposal of green waste because it will be considerably cheaper the same sized mixed waste skip. If you know you have multiple waste streams to dispose of, you could also purchase a skip bag for just £6, which can be filled with the waste stream or mixed waste type you have the least of. This solution will mean the skip can just be filled with the (single) waste type you have the most of.  

Discussing your waste type with your chosen local skip hire company will ensure that you get the best and often the cheapest solution for your job.

Tell your chosen skip hire company as much as you can

To ensure that the process of hiring a skip in Bouremouth, Poole and Dorset is seamless, it’s important to inform your chosen skip hire company of as many important details as you can, things to tell them should include;

  • What the access is like to your property or business
  • Where you would like the skip located on your property
  • If you require any permits and/or lights & cones
  • Your preferred times for delivery
  • A mobile number in case the driver needs to call you

With these tips in mind, order your local skip hire with AMS

As one of the leading skip hire and recycled aggregates company in Dorset, Somerset and West Hampshire, our reputation has been built up through great customer service and trust. We provide many businesses, homeowners and tradespeople with local skip hire and ensure that they always have a direct point of contact should they have any issues or questions.

Give our team a call on 01202 579579!

Our team are on hand all day Monday – Friday and on Saturday mornings to answer any of your local skip hire questions, or alternatively, you can contact us via email here.

Best bagged aggregates for your garden renovation project?

Bagged aggregates for your garden 

Completing any home or garden improvements can be stressful, time-consuming and sometimes expensive. However, the sense of pride and that ‘YOU DID IT’ moment can make it all worthwhile.

Having a well-planned idea, the correct tools, materials and bagged aggregates will help the project to run smoothly.

If restoring the garden is part of your renovation plans, there are many elements to think about. For example, do you have the creativity to landscape the space yourself or will you be consulting a professional? How big is the area you have to work with? Do you require a range of different materials to achieve your desired look? And finally, what’s the budget you are working to?

All of these are important questions to answer before starting the project. In this article, we highlight some of the aggregates delivered in bags that may be of use if you are changing part of your garden or the exterior areas.

The all-important lawn

Do you dream of having the perfect lawn, like the ones you see on TV where the grass is the perfect shade of green and always free of weeds? Creating a show-stopping lawn is not as hard as you think and actually can be achieved fairly quickly.

If you can, it’s advised to start with a blank canvas, which could mean removing what is currently there and replacing with a new layer of topsoil that can be seeded or turfed.

At Avon Material Supplies, we offer a manufactured topsoil that is perfect for lawn restoration and makes a more affordable alternative to traditional topsoil. Our alternative topsoil can be delivered bagged or loose, whichever works best for you.

A suitable seating area

So, you’ve now got fresh grass, but the thought of ruining it with seating and tables is out of the question, therefore you will need an area away from the lawn for enjoying the sunshine and family BBQs.

This is when our other bagged aggregates may come in handy… whether it’s for creating a sub-base suitable for supporting decking or laying a decorative aggregate or shingle on pathways and seating areas.

Our ‘in stock’ bagged materials are mainly construction aggregates. However, if you require a decorative aggregate such as Cotswold chipping our associated company, AMS Nationwide can normally supply this within 1 – 2 days. For prices and availability please call our friendly Nationwide team on 01202 810938.  

Outdoor seating area

Other popular applications that our bagged aggregates are used within include fire pits and rockeries.

A driveway to be proud of

It’s likely to be the first part of your home that people will see, so don’t leave it looking shabby! Our aggregates in bulk bags are used frequently to transform driveways, with some people choosing them for the top ‘decorative’ layer or as part of the base layer. Popular aggregates you or your appointed contractor can trust us to deliver on time, include;

Driveway creating using aggregates

The finishing touches

Your garden is so close to completion, but it’s those finishing touches that people will notice. Creating a simple flower bed is an easy way to make a big impact with splashes of colour and different textures.

Using our bagged topsoil alternative will give you a healthy base to your flower bed, which is ideal for planting in. Hopefully, you will have some left over from your lawn restoration, or alternatively, our tonne bulk bags start from just £36!

Ready to start your transformation?

If you have your plans in place but aren’t sure exactly what you need or how many bags of each aggregate you require, please contact our experts to arrange your free site visit.

Call us today on 01202 579579 or email: enquiries@avonmaterialsupplies.co.uk.  

Concrete skip hire, here is what you need to know

Bournemouth skip hire from AMS (1)

Everything you need to know about concrete skip hire

Concrete skip hire is a popular option for homeowners who are making large-scale structural changes to their home, or by businesses and tradespeople that take on building projects.

Outlined below are some frequently asked questions regarding concrete skip hire and placing waste concrete in skips.

What size skips do you offer for concrete waste?

Concrete is a heavy inert waste, therefore, due to lifting restrictions our concrete skip hire service is only available using 6-yard ‘builders’ skips.  

Depending on the volume of waste concrete you need collecting, a single 6 yard skip may be ideal because it can hold the equivalent of 60 black bin bags.  

For larger clearances, you can easily hire multiple skips. Or alternatively if required, AMS can provide roro (roll on roll off) containers or collections using grab lorries and tipper trucks.

For further advice contact our expert sales team on 01202 579579 opt. 2, who will be happy to provide advice over the phone or pop out for a free site visit.

What if I also need to dispose of other waste types?

We do offer the option of mixed waste skips, but please remember that you will save money by segregating your waste and disposing of each type separately.  

If you don’t have enough concrete or rubble to fill up a whole skip, you could consider our skip bag service. This simple low-cost solution will allow you to dispose of up to 1 tonne of waste in each bag, which is collected using one our grab lorries. For more information on our skip bag services, please visit our sister website, easy-bag.co.uk.  

What happens to my concrete once I’ve ‘skipped’ it?

Once collected, your concrete skip will be tipped off at Canford Inert Facility where 100% of the waste concrete will be recycled. This is thanks to our relationship with Commercial Recycling and the market-leading crushing, screening and washing plant machinery they use to create recycled aggregates.

In most cases, concrete waste will be crushed down and reused within the base layers of various local building and landscaping projects… so you know you’re doing your part for the environment!

How much will concrete skip hire cost?

Costs can vary depending on if you are planning to just dispose of concrete, or if you are using a mixed waste skip.

If you are just looking for rubble or concrete skip hire, then the cost is likely to be around 50% less than the cost of hiring a mixed waste skip. For our best rates please call our sales team on 01202 579579 opt. 2.

Please note, hire costs will differ depending on your location, so please have your postcode to hand when enquiring about prices.

Did you know our skip hire prices include a 2 week hire period? This way you can take your time filling the skip during your home renovations or building project.

Where can AMS deliver skips for concrete?

We regularly deliver our skips to most BH postcodes, including Bournemouth, Poole and Wimborne. Avon Material Supplies also have the benefit of being able to offer same day and next day delivery (STA). Get yours today!  

How do I order a concrete skip for hire?

Our concrete skip order process is simple and to request please call our sales team on 01202 579579 opt.2 to discuss your options.

Helping the businesses and residents of Dorset, one 5-star review at a time

Positive feedback for AMS

Helping the businesses and residents of Dorset, one 5-star review at a time

Recently, at random we asked our clients for feedback on the various services AMS offer in the local area! The results have been fantastic and our Avon Material Supplies Facebook page is now full of wonderful 5* reviews, which have kindly been submitted by various AMS clients.  

It’s all about the aggregates!

From topsoil to building sand and crushed concrete, our aggregate deliveries across Dorset and West Hampshire are particularly popular with both homeowners and businesses. See for yourself below;

“Very good service, one of the best value for money we found when looking. Would definitely recommend and use again.” – Stephanie, reviewed on 25th April 2018

“The AMS team were professional, polite and provided expert advice. The ordering process was extremely efficient. From my initial enquiry through to the delivery of the aggregates ordered, everyone at AMS was genuinely pleasant and happy to help. We now have a beautiful gravel path.” – Gina, reviewed on 6th April 2018

“The sales team I deal with all seem very pleasant and exceptionally helpful. Nothing is ever a drama. Timescales are always pretty accurate, and the drivers are always on time and nice to work with while they deliver the product whether it’s a few tons of hardcore or a full load of concrete. Prices are competitive too.” – Daniel, reviewed on 4th April 2018

Affordable and reliable skip hire!

With various skip options to choose from, we’ve got something for everyone. Look at what our customers have to say;

“Skip delivered on time, driver very helpful and positioned the skip so easy for us to fill. Rang up during the day and collected same day. Well done.” – Matthew, reviewed on 21st February 2018

“Great service, skip was delivered the next day and after filling it up within 2 hours, we had it picked up the following morning. Very efficient! Thanks so much!”– Georgie, reviewed on 27th October 2017

Need more convincing?

Avon Material Supplies is one of the leading suppliers of construction aggregates, grab & tipper trucks and skip hire in Bournemouth, Poole and throughout Dorset and West Hampshire. We pride ourselves on providing great customer experience, take a look at our Facebook page to read all our 5-star reviews.

If you have any questions about any of our services or wish to make a booking, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our sales team on 01202 579579 or email us at enquiries@avonmaterialsupplies.co.uk.

Where can I find skip hire in Bournemouth and Poole?

Hiring a skip in and around Bournemouth

If you are a business, contractor or individual looking for skip hire in Bournemouth and Poole, then you’re in the right place! At AMS (Avon Material Supplies), we offer a comprehensive skip hire service which is suitable for a variety of waste management needs.

What size skips do we offer?

Our skip hire service in Bournemouth and Poole includes the following size skips:

  • 6 yard skips – equivalent to 60 black bin bags*
  • 8 yard skips – equivalent to 80 black bin bags*
  • 12 yard skips – equivalent to 120 black bin bags*

*Please note these figures are estimations and meant for guidance only. For further help with ordering the correct sized skip, please call our friendly team on 01202 810938.

If you’re looking for something larger, we can provide RoRo container hire and grab and tipper truck site clearances, for more information speak to our sales team.

Where can I find skip hire in Bournemouth and Poole? Skip hire serviceBenefits of using skips from AMS

We offer a complete skip hire service in the local area that covers all aspects, including the provision of off-road permits and supplying safety cones, lamps and/or signage, if necessary.

In most cases, we can offer same day deliveries of skips in Bournemouth and Poole, and filled skips can normally be collected or exchanged on next day basis (STA). Also, skip hire can be organised on an ad-hoc basis or as part of a scheduled waste management package.

Read our top tips for choosing a skip in our latest blog here >>

Waste types collected by our skip hire in Bournemouth

In Poole and Bournemouth, we can collect skips filled with a vast range of different wastes. Waste streams we collect in skips on a daily basis include:

  • Mixed waste
  • Plasterboard
  • Wood waste
  • Garden / green waste
  • Commercial and industrial waste
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • Inert waste (8 yard & 12 yard skip hire not available for this waste type)
  • Clean concrete (8 yard & 12 yard skip hire not available for this waste type)

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Get in touch with our team to find a suitable waste management solution for you. Call us on 01202 810938.

How much is skip hire in Bournemouth?

We aim to provide very competitive prices, therefore we ask you to contact us directly to get a quote. Please call us on 01202 810938.

Learn more about Skip hire in Bournemouth and Poole or book your skip today.

What can I put in a skip?

Before hiring a skip through Avon Material Supplies you should consider what waste you need to be removed… is it all one type? Is it recyclable? Can it be segregated into separate skips or containers to save money?

What are common waste types accepted in AMS skips?

The skips we provide are suitable for use in the disposal of most residential and commercial waste types. Skips we hire out on a daily basis are often filled with one, or a combination of the following wastes:  

For more information, view our brochure here.

What can’t go in AMS skips?

Most waste streams are allowed in our mixed waste skips. However, some are required by law to be segregated and treated in a special manner, these include;

  • Plasterboard
  • Hazardous waste (batteries, WEEE, fluorescent bulbs, chemicals, paint etc. See the full list here)
  • Asbestos
  • Liquid waste
  • Electrical items / WEEE waste

If you require a waste collection service for any of the above, please give us a call on 01202 810938 or email enquiries@avonmaterialsupplies.co.uk and we can provide alternative solutions.

Save the environment (and your bank balance) by segregating…

We can offer reduced rates of skip hire if you know you are only throwing out one type of waste stream, or if you are happy to hire multiple containers so waste can be separated into different ‘dedicated’ containers on-site. By segregating your waste, if it can be recycled, it is far more likely to be recovered and diverted from landfill.

Did you know that the UK is targeted to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020?* Stats from 2016 show we recycle just over 45%, but you can help do your part by simply segregating your waste properly when hiring a skip from Avon Material Supplies.  See the governement website here

Where does my waste go?

Once you’ve finished with your skip, our team will collect it on a day that suits you and we will take it to our recycling site near Wimborne in Dorset (please note certain hazardous wastes may be taken directly to a specialist facility). As well as mixed waste, they accept hazardous waste, so you can rest assured your waste will be segregated and recycled where possible. You can find out more about the recycling facility here.

Canford Recycling Centre regularly achieves recycling rates of over 80%.

Order your skip today

If you are ready to order a skip, the team at AMS are on hand to assist you with any enquiries you have. There are various different sizes of skip available, which will suit most requirements, and if you need something a little bigger we’ve also got the solution.

Give us a call on 01202 810938 or email us at enquiries@avonmaterialsupplies.co.uk.

Things to keep in mind when filling and hiring a skip

Hiring a skip as part or all of your waste management solution is a convenient and affordable way to remove your unwanted waste. Whether it’s to finish a garden project that’s been going on a little too long, removing waste from a recent renovation project or your moving offices, it’s important to keep in mind a few pointers for when you are hiring and filling your skip.

Are you a size 6, 8 or 12?

We’re not talking about your clothes size, when hiring a skip, we offer 3 different sized skips, a 6 yard (sometimes refer to as a builders skip), 8 yard and 12 yard. It is important to think carefully about the size of skip you require because you don’t want to be left in a situation where you can’t fit all your waste into the skip you have ordered. Or equally as bad, you hire a larger sized skip when a smaller one would be perfect for the amount of waste you have to dispose of. If you are unsure and would like guidance, please contact our team who will be happy to provide you with advice on skip sizes to help you choose the right skip to hire.  

Keep us in the loop

Some customers find they hire a skip with us and within a day it’s already filled and we are picking it up again the next day. We understand that this isn’t the case for everyone, and we won’t charge more, regardless if you need to keep it for 2 days or for up to 2 weeks. All we ask is that you keep us in the loop, so once you know when it will be filled, we can schedule our team to pick it up ASAP.

We also appreciate understanding beforehand what your delivery situation will be like. Key information that can make delivering your skip easier could include; what is the access like, where would you like the skip situated, should someone be contacted shortly before the skip is delivered etc. This sort of information helps us to plan in advance to make the whole process of hiring a skip as seamless as possible.

Segregating is saving!

Did you know you can save some money by hiring the correct skip? If you’re only getting rid of one type of waste, let us know, and your quote will likely be cheaper. The reason for this is that it makes it easier when it comes to processing and if possible recycling the waste. For example, If you know the majority of your waste is going to be rubble or brick waste, then it is cheaper to hire an inert waste skip, plus an Easy ‘Skip’ Bag for those extra (non-inert) bits than paying for a mixed waste skip.

Understand exactly what you can put in your skip

It can be a costly mistake if additional charges are applied to your skip hire because the skip is found to contain items that are not permitted within the skip type you have hired. To avoid any unwanted expense, please contact our team who will be pleased to provide a full list of common waste types that can and can’t be placed in a skip. For example, mixed waste skips cannot be used to dispose of electrical items, liquid waste or hazardous materials, such as; aerosols, gas bottles, pesticides or TVs. Also, Plasterboard waste is also not permitted in mixed waste skips because by law it must be disposed of separately.

Speak to our team!

If you have any other questions about hiring a skip from Avon Material Supplies, our team are more than happy to discuss your options with you. You can contact us by calling 01202 810938 or via email here.

 

Who are you going to call?

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As an AMS account holder, you are entitled to order services from our associated company Commercial Recycling.

Commercial Recycling operates low cost, easy access disposal facilities in Wimborne, Dorset and Evercreech, near Shepton Mallet in Somerset.  

Each site benefits from convenient opening hours, hard surfaces throughout and is fully licensed to accept all common waste streams. In addition, Canford Recycling centre is able to accept a wide spectrum of hazardous wastes including asbestos, waste oils, clinical waste and much more.

Who are you going to call? See the full list of Useful contacts at AMS and CRL.

Visit our sites:

Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Off Magna Road, Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 3BW
T: 01202 331560
Opening hours: All day Monday – Friday and Saturday mornings

Southwood Recycling Centre, Evercreech, Nr. Shepton Mallet, Somerset. BA4 6LX
T: 01749 830889
Opening hours: All day Monday – Friday

Learn more about Commercial Recycling services >>

For further information get in touch, see the full list of Useful contacts at AMS and CRL.

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