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AMS donate to Little Trees Forest School’s new project

AMS donate to Little Trees Forest School

Little Trees Forest School is an extension of Sherborne Learning Centre and operates as a not-for-profit organisation.

The school delivers a unique educational programme, which allows students with anxieties and learning difficulties to improve through exploring their environment and taking positive (safely managed) risks.

The project AMS helped with

Little Trees Forest School have created a new pond area which will be used for science projects involving, fish, frogs and insects. To be completed, the area required 40 tonnes of topsoil to allow surrounding areas to be landscaped to encourage wildlife and for new vegetable beds to be established.


“We were delighted to help Little Trees with such a locally important project. We hope it will help benefit a number of young people in the area that AMS operates within.” C Wilson, Marketing Manager

A word from the Project Manager at Little Trees Forest School

“Your offer of some topsoil for our project is very kind and very generous. It has enthused the group and invigorated our efforts to accomplish this ready for the Summer. Your generosity will enable us to put all our efforts into the fun project rather than trying to go on to raise funds to get started. Many thanks on behalf of all our young people.”

Take a look at the progress of the project so far:

Show jumping their way to victory

AMS director trained England team to victory

On the weekend 10th-14th May 2017, the Royal Windsor Horse Show took place. This event is one of the leading international competitions for Show jumping, Dressage, Driving and Endurance.

Ian Mariner, Our Director supported by AMS’s Business Coordinator Nicola Rogers managed the victorious England Team in the Pony Club Mounted Games. They successfully coached the riders to complete a range of challenging and highly entertaining races.

The team
The England team of 6 riders including local Dorset rider, Danielle Olliffe put on a great performance over the weekend. Danielle, from Christchurch, attends St Peter’s school and is a member of Poole & District Branch of The Pony Club.

The result
After a long weekend, the team were successful in winning the Pony Club Mounted Games! Well done to Ian, Nicola and the rest of the team for their success last weekend.

Take a look at a few pictures from the weekend:

Just 1 month until something BIG and BRAND NEW from AMS…

Just 1 month until something BIG and BRAND NEW from AMS…

Skip hire service on AMS skip lorry

Today marks just one month until AMS skip hire will be available to individuals and businesses around Bournemouth and Poole!

On the 6th of June 2017, customers will be able to hire new 6 and 12 yard skips from AMS environmental to help with site clearance projects. This reliable and prompt skip hire service will be carried out on our new DAF skip lorry and will be available throughout the BH postcode areas.

Learn more about our brand new service by reading our recent news post, or by speaking to one of the team on 01202 579579.

Have a closer look at the brand new DAF skip lorry:

Coming soon, AMS skip hire in Bournemouth and Poole

Coming soon, AMS skip hire in Bournemouth and Poole

skip hire in Bournemouth and Poole

To support our existing account customers and the growing numbers of the public who are choosing AMS for site clearance projects, from early June we will be offering a local skip hire service.

Customers of AMS Environmental will be able to hire new 6 or 12 yard skips. Deliveries, exchanges and collections will be completed by our expert skip lorry operative using a brand new, state of the art DAF skip lorry.

To ensure the skip hire AMS provides is in-keeping with its other reliable and prompt services, AMS will only be offering skips in the BH postcode area, principally Bournemouth, Poole, Parkstone, Ferndown and Wimborne.

Learn more about Bournemouth and Poole skip hire

To express an interest in the AMS Poole and Bournemouth skip hire service, please call our friendly team on 01202 579579. The team can also help with the answers to key questions, such as:

  • Do I need a permit to place a skip on the road?
  • What is the best size skip for my project?
  • What types of wastes are not allowed in a ‘mixed / general waste’ skip?

Take a glance at their new look:

Grabbing fly tipped waste

Cleaning up fly tips in Dorset and Hampshire

Fly tipped lorries in Norley Wood, New Forest

Recent law changes dictate that any vehicle found to be connected with a fly-tipping incident is liable to be impounded and crushed by the council. Read the recent article on Sky News.

You would have thought that this would put people off illegally dumping waste on the side of roads and in our beautiful countryside.

But it seems not…

Just the other day, Avon Material Supplies were on hand to clear a pile of old tyres that had been fly tipped at Norley Wood in the New Forest. Take a look at a few pictures of one of our 6 wheeled grab lorries in action, picking up the waste tyres before they were transported back to Canford Recycling Centre where they are being properly stored before being recycled.

The reaches of grab lorries

Builders sand Poole

As you may be aware, we have an extensive fleet of vehicles that serve a wide range of purposes. From clearing waste at construction sites to delivering bulk bags of aggregates, we have the right vehicle for the task. Our modern fleet contains tipper trucks and grab lorries of various sizes.

The reach of our grab lorries

Our grab lorries are available in a range of sizes: 4 wheeler, 6 wheeler or 8 wheeler. The more wheels on the lorry, the greater its carrying capacity.

The extendable grab arm on each of our lorries can reach a substantial distance, see below for approximate guide measurements.

  • 4 wheeler – approxomately 7 metres
  • 6 wheeler – approximately 5 metres reach when alongside material or waste
  • 8 wheeler – approximately 12 metres reach

Not sure what grab is best for you, contact our experts on 01202 579579

Putting that in perspective – the 12 metre reach of the 8 wheeler’s extendable arm is equivalent to the following: the length of some double-decker buses, over 4x the height of a football goal and half the height of Buckingham Palace!

Position your waste appropriately

If you are using a grab lorry for waste clearance purposes, you must make sure that the waste for disposal is positioned appropriately. It must be located where there is sufficient space for the lorry to work and away from overhead cables that could obstruct the grab arm. The bigger the lorry that you require, the more space required for work to be completed.

Projects that benefit from grab lorries

The ‘grabbing’ capability of our lorries means that they are perfect for site clearance projects. We accept waste streams including construction waste, commercial waste, green waste, inert waste and concrete. This versatility means that almost whatever you are clearing, we can collect it for you!

If you have hazardous waste that requires disposal, we can help in association with Commercial Recycling.

Please note: Our grab lorries cannot be used for digging up waste, only clearing.

Contact us for grab lorry hire

Whatever your site clearance project, a grab lorry will undoubtedly help the process. If you need a grab lorry to progress with your project, contact our friendly team on 01202 579579 today.

What is muck away?

Inert waste muck away

Muck away, also known as cartaway, is an inert waste removal method chosen by individuals, tradespeople and businesses. If you are undertaking a site clearance project that creates a large amount of inert waste, you should look into arranging muck away.

This post will outline what happens during a typical Avon Material Supplies muck away service and where the waste goes once we remove it from your site.

How we do muckaway

The muck away service we provide is carried out on our own modern fleet of tipper trucks and grab lorries. We offer a range of different sized vehicles to allow our customers to choose the ideal muckaway solution for their project.

Grab lorry or tipper truck?

If you have a large amount of waste to be cleared, a tipper truck may be the best option as they have greater carrying capacity. However, you can only benefit from a tipper truck if you have the appropriate means to load it at your site, if not, a grab lorry will be required. Grab lorries are a great option because they can simply enter your site and collect the waste using an extendable grab arm.

After contacting us and establishing what capacity truck or lorry you require, one of our drivers will visit your site to collect the waste at a predetermined time / date.

Our fleet

The vehicles that complete muck away include:

Where does collected muck go?

We are a fully licensed waste carrier which means we are legally allowed to transport waste. Once the fully loaded tipper truck or grab lorry leaves your site, our experienced drivers will take your cleared waste to one of our trusted inert tipping sites.

Popular inert tipping facilities we use include:

If you would like any further information about our muck away service or if you wish to arrange a site clearance, please contact our friendly team on 01202 579579.

What is a grab lorry and how do I hire one?

What is grab lorry hire

Popular forms of waste collection, including grab lorry hire.

When it comes to a site clearance project, there are a number of methods that you can choose from to assist with your waste disposal. This article will explain what grab lorry hire is and the differences between the various other popular forms of waste collection.

Depending on the amount of waste you are clearing, any of the following will be suitable for your project.


What is grab lorry hire?

Whilst most people only conceive grab lorries to be used for large clearance tasks, they are in fact very versatile, especially when AMS offer 4, 6 & 8 wheeler grab lorries for hire.

A primary benefit of using grab lorry hire is that it is a quick and straightforward process. The lorry visits your site, collects the waste using an extendable arm, places it on the back of the lorry and then leaves to safely transport the waste to a suitable disposal facility.

The grab arms allow waste to be collected from the road and over obstacles, meaning if there is limited access at your site a grab lorry will still be able clear your waste (*if it’s located correctly)!

In addition to being able to collect loose waste, grab lorries can also easily collect filled skip bags. Therefore, sites with various waste streams can separate and dispose of their waste using multiple skip bags. To learn more about skips bags in Bournemouth please visit:

Carrying capacity of our grab lorries:

  • 4 wheel grab – up to 8 tonnes
  • 6 wheel grab – up to 12 tonnes
  • 8 wheel grab – up to 16 tonnes

To learn more about hiring a grab lorry in Dorset, please visit our grab lorry webpage or contact our friendly team.

*Please note, the waste material required to be ‘grabbed’ away should be placed within the reach area of the grab arm, located where there is adequate space for the vehicle to work and away from any overhead cables. For further guidance, please contact our team.

“Grab lorries can deliver aggregates and clear your waste in one journey!”

Tipper truck hire

Tipper lorry hire Avon Material Supplies

Using a tipper truck is less flexible than a grab lorry due to not having a grab arm. If you choose a tipper truck, you must have the appropriate machinery on-site to load waste onto the truck.

For large site clearance projects on more extensive sites, tipper trucks are often the number one choice as they offer a fast turnaround and are able to carry more waste than the comparable size of grab lorry.

Our tipper trucks are either 6 or 8 wheelers, being able to transport 15 tonnes and 19.5 tonnes of material respectively.

It’s good to know… Our large tipper fleet is available to hire on a ‘by request’ basis or as part of a scheduled waste management / haulage service. AMS’s tippers operate extensively throughout Dorset and West Hampshire and can be hired by individuals, businesses and contractors.

For further information on tipper truck hire please contact our team or visit our tipper truck hire webpage.

Skip hire

skip hire Avon Material supplies

Traditionally, skips are the first thought when people are considering a clearance project. If your skip is going to be positioned on a road or footpath, you must ensure that you have the necessary council permit and safety equipment in place e.g. lights and cones.

Skips range from 2-12 yards in size, making them a flexible waste management solution that people often choose for modest sized waste clearance projects e.g. house clearances, kitchen fit outs etc.

For more information on skip hire, please contact our experts or visit our Bournemouth skip hire webpage.

If you require assistance establishing the best sort of site clearance for your requirements, contact the waste management experts at Avon Material Supplies.

Media Release: New retail friendly brand for AMS

AMS new logo

New ‘retail friendly’ brand aids AMS (Avon Material Supplies) in supplying a greater portion of the DIY sector

During March, the popular Wimborne based organisation Avon Material Supplies (AMS) will be unveiling their updated corporate identity to customers and suppliers.

The improved brand is a tangible sign of the expansion programme the organisation is undertaking to accommodate an increasing demand for the AMS services, which include aggregate supplies, grab lorry and tipper truck hire.

The Board of Directors requested the creation of a new logo and user-friendly marketing collateral to aid the business in securing further market share within the local DIY sector. Early signs are very encouraging, with improved results being posted for sales from non-credit account customers.

Also, returning great results is AMS Nationwide, the brokerage service AMS operates to help Dorset companies source and pay for ‘Direct to Site’ building materials throughout the UK.

“It’s great to have the new AMS logos in use, I am delighted because this marks our intention to improve the customer experience we offer and the desire we have to help even more businesses and individuals to complete their projects on time and in budget. 

In addition, we are also continuously investing in our modern fleet to ensure AMS customers can choose the ideal vehicle and rest assured it will be reliable, environmentally friendly and benefit from the latest technology.”

Ian Mariner, Director, Avon Material Supplies.

Exciting additions to the range of services offered by the AMS vehicle fleet are in development and will be fully operational under AMS Environmental later in the year.

That was a brief introduction to the extended Avon Material Supplies brand, if you have any queries or would like to speak to anyone within the AMS affiliates, please call 01202 579579.