Take part in helping the environment and take care of your waste

How does the council help with refuse collection?

Councils will often change the company that handles their refuse collection due to prices and quality of work. Please contact us for more information.

In a “groundbreaking” departure from good sense, “the unique nature of the contract means that the performance of refuse collections will be measured by how clean the borough is rather than by how often streets are swept.”

However, suspicious residents often question how accurate this is. In many cases, residents wonder how clean is clean? What counts as unacceptable? And will this be any change from previous companies?

In these troubled times, the council might not have enough resources to monitor the streets. Well, phew! However, you can change this and start taking some responsibility for your household waste. Find out how you can waste less.

How to get rid of your household waste?

Now remember, refuse collectors won’t take things such as old furniture and other household waste - although some residents do expect this.

Don’t leave your old furniture out on the streets; this is your responsibility so make sure everything is disposed of properly. Get in touch with a rubbish clearance company that is approved by the Environmental Agency. For all legal waste removals, visit this website.

Do you need short term property finance to finish your development project?

Who should you choose?

Choosing a bank to finance your property development can lead to 15% longer waiting times. Cut out the middle man and head straight to a private lender.

Often, they will combine the security of a bank with the speed and flexibility of a private lender. Loans will be secured against your land or property development.

Choose Hunter Finance to fund your commercial property development

Fast bridging loans are an option when choosing this finance company. Find out your decision in just 24 hours.

Commercial bridging loans mean you will receive the money ASAP. Bridging finance is often used for land and property purchases, as well as providing money for a development that is currently in process.

Hunter Finance’s finance options are designed for short to medium term solutions.

Your guide to bridging loans

Here are the top reasons to choose a bridging loan:

  • Fast process: completing a bridging loan is very short in terms of time in comparison to remortgaging a property.
  • Flexible repayment options: you choose when you pay the loan back on - period can’t exceed 12 months.
  • Varied reasons: if you can prove you can pay the loan pay imminently, you will often be approved.

A soar in eco-friendly power systems

Strong demand for tradesmen trained in installing and maintaining electrical systems to fit eco-friendly power systems

A huge electrical firm predicts that we will face a mushrooming demand for tradesmen trained and proficient in installing and maintaining eco-friendly power systems.

The home study college’s principal said “We are already seeing gas and electricity prices soar, and this, coupled with growing awareness of alternate ‘green’ energy systems, will drive a huge demand for electricians trained to install and maintain these systems.” See more about sustainable energy sources.

There’s already a worldwide shortage of skilled tradesmen

Add to this the growth in demand for green energy and it’s clear that those who train for a trade skill now will be looking at a secure future. The task ahead now is to make sure that enough trained plumbers and electricians will be entering the jobs market in time.

Are you interested in other ways of opting for sustainable methods? See this page about rubbish clearance.

Many organisations offer blended learning courses that combine written work with PC based e-learning, virtual reality training in a unique virtual reality house and comprehensive practical training in a workshop environment.

These courses encompass training in the electrical skills necessary for alternative energy systems, as well as full training to NVQ level 3, including C&G, BPEC & CITB certifications. See comparisons.

Fast and reliable electrical contractors in your local area

Domestic household electricals differ massively from the commercial sector and electrical experts like Speedy Electrical say that it is crucial to understand the needs of their client, whilst working as efficiently as possible, ensuring that safety is never compromised. Email speedy@speedyelectrical.com.au for more information about their services.

Speedy Electrical is one of Brisbane’s premier electrical contractors with a wide range of services suitable for any issues you have your with your electrics.

To name a few:

  • Test & tagging
  • General power services
  • Troubleshooting
  • All installations and upgrades

Please contact Handy Man Services for information about electrical services.

What type of person you are according to your rubbish?

The society we live in is commonly accused of consuming foods, water and different natural goods without giving anything back.

People are to blame for the global warming, deforestation and endangered species, but most of them continue to take everything for granted.

However, there are members of our society who realise that taking care of the environment is as important as taking care of your family and they do their best to exclude themselves from those who use resources and don’t care about the consequences.

For example, Any Waste in Berkshire is a leading rubbish removal company. They pride themselves in recycling almost 100% of items collected, rather than sending them to the landfill.

All waste collection agencies should be approved by the Environmental Agency, so check this before committing to any services. Thus, if they are approved, you will have peace of mind that your waste is going to be correctly collected and stored.

How do you manage your waste?

And what kind of person are you? Just take a look at your rubbish and find out more about your personality. Visit this website.

  • If you have three or more different bags for rubbish your attitude towards the nature is definitely positive. Sorting out your rubbish according to its type is beneficial to the environment and to the recycling process as well.


  • If your closet is full of cleaning detergents and you throw the empty bottles directly in the garbage bin, you are not doing a favour to the environment. Ask your cleaners about the best method for disposing dangerous materials or give the bottles to them. Their cleaning company probably brings them somewhere for recycling.


  • If you want your home to be dirt – free, book for a professional cleaner to come. Cleaners will use only hot water under pressure for extracting the germs. Using toxic cleaning supplies is not beneficial to your health.


  • In case you find plenty of plastic bags in your trash can, the last thing that can be said for you is that you have an environmentally – friendly attitude. Consider using one bag for several shopping trips. You have no idea how important that is.

How to produce less waste

Did you know that businesses are the biggest culprit for producing waste? Hiring a qualified cleaning agency can prevent the buildup of rubbish.

Your office cleaners will know where to dispose of certain things, including harmful objects. Let them know that you have this waste and you aren’t sure where it should correctly go.

An experienced cleaning company will be skilled in proper cleaning methods, dusting and sanitising your work area.

Also, this service will ensure all dust and dirt is gone, which can contribute to respiratory illnesses if not carefully cleaned.

Do you need an agency for your office near Gatwick Airport? The team at Smart Clean are the local commercial cleaning experts.

Get in touch with us to share your opinions on helping the environment.

Find out the benefits of solar panel technology.

Everything you need to know about EPDM rubber roofing

What is it?

EPDM is a type of synthetic rubber that can be manufactured in a sheet format. When in this format, it can make for the perfect flat roofing material in all conditions due to having unique conditions. Find out more.

How long do they last?

Laboratory tests have taken place to suggest that when correctly installed, EPDM roofing can last in excess of 50 years! This is a huge difference in comparison to better known materials such as felt.

What does rubber roofing look like?

EPDM roofing has a unique, yet smart appearance. A smooth, slate grey finish compliments tiled roofs on period houses.

What roofs are suitable?

All flat and low sloping roofs are suitable for EPDM roofing. This includes locations such as garages, sheds and new extensions.

Is this type of roofing expensive?

EPDM roofing has huge technical advantages over other roofing materials, making you believe it is more expensive. However, the overall cost and long lifespan means rubber roofing works out to be a much more cost effective solution, especially as you can save on labour costs as it is relatively easy and quick to install.

How environmentally friendly is it?

It is one of the most environmentally friendly used materials in the industry. The amount of energy used during the manufacturing of rubber roofing is far less than other materials.

The adhesives, cleaners and primers used during installation have been developed to reduce VOC emissions.

For more information about rubber roofing solutions for your flat roof, contact rubberroofingdirect.co.uk.

Damaged roof? Here is the best solution for you!

Although EPDM rubber roofing is suitable for flat roofs, other types of roofs such as pitched roofs, may need some repairs especially after the weather conditions have worsened.

We recommend hiring a professional roofer to resolve any issues you are facing with your roof. If you are in the Saffron Walden area, there is nobody better than Saffron Walden Roofing Services Ltd. You can call them on 01799 218806 or visit their website here.

Where to Grow Herbs

There are so many different kinds of herbs and your first step in
planning a garden is to choose the ones you want to grow. If you are new
to herb gardening you will probably want to start with those that you
can have the most fun using. Culinary and fragrant herbs can be used to
make teas, jellies, herbed butters and breads, and preparations such as
potpourris and sachets. Herbs such as the santolinas and artemisias are
most useful as a landscape feature; others are grown mainly for their
exotic appeal and interesting histories.

Gardeners in many areas of the West and Southwest (and, generally,
where winter temperatures never drop below 0°) have the opportunity to
use many of the shrubby Mediterranean herbs as basic landscape items.
The rosemaries, lavenders, and marjoram, for example, will grow larger
and more attractive each year, planted outside.

There is no set way or place to grow your herbs. They can be raised
like vegetables in rows or plots, neatly staked off and labeled. You can
integrate them into the landscape as ground covers, edgings, or
companion plants with other ornamentals. Or, more
casual plantings can grow in corners of the garden or small sections of
a border. You also can grow herbs in containers both outside and
indoors. If you are more ambitious and want to be traditional, you can
plan the kind of formal herb garden which originated in the Middle Ages.

It is best to keep those herbs that require different amounts of
water (such as the mints and thyme) at separate ends of the bed. Some
herbs do not require as much sun as the others and can be planted near
taller kinds that will filter direct sunlight before it reaches them,
or, you can locate the bed where one section will receive fewer hours of
sunlight each day than the rest of the bed. Aggressive or persistent
herbs such as lemon balm, the mints, and sweet woodruff, should not be
positioned where they can crowd out the others. Plant them in a separate
bed or contain their roots with divider boards sunk into the ground
around them and keep the runners that spread along the ground cut back.

If you intend to sow seeds of slow germinating perennial herbs in the
fall followed by seeds of annual herbs in the spring, plan spacing for
the whole garden in the fall and carefully recultivate the bed in the
spring so you don’t disturb the germinating perennials. An alternative
is to sow the perennial seeds elsewhere in the fall, and then in the
spring transplant the seedlings into a freshly prepared bed where you
can also sow annual seeds.


Stone: Standing the test of time

Almost as long as men have been building, they have used stone such as Travertine, Marble and Jerusalem stone. All three have been use for adorning and decorating, facades, paving and flooring especially used in buildings special importance.

Jerusalem stone is the name applied to a pale limestone quarried in Palestine and Israel that has been used as the predominant building local material for thousands of years. In its namesake city, the Wailing Wall is constructed of Jerusalem stone and there is a legal requirement that all municipal buildings have a fascia in the stone, which is often also called the Holy Stone.

In Roman times, the most famous and largest building in the ancient world, the Coliseum in Rome, was constructed almost entirely Travertine and it was used throughout the Empire with many structures still standing today over 2000 years later.

In modern time major architects have recognised Travertine’s beauty in such notable modern buildings such as the Willis tower, often incorporating it into wall cladding, floors and facades. In the 1960’s world renowned Architect Gordon Bunshaft designed and built his own modernist home in East Hampton, New York. Bunshaft choose Travertine as his cladding material even calling the property Travertine House.

Marble too has of course been prized throughout history particularly for adorning high class buildings. The stone is renowned for its beauty and has been favoured down the ages by stonemasons for its ability to be carved. One the worlds most visited buildings, the Taj Mahal, gleams in the Indian sun clad entirely in intricately carved white polished marble.

For today’s Architects these ancient and beautiful stones offer a tough and elegant to alternative to the concrete and can be combined with modern building methods and materials to stunning effect.


Stone Special Items

In addition to our standard range of tiles, we also supply some special items such as skirting (available from stock in Desert Cream, Antique Gold and Hebron Beige), step profiles, with or without textured anti slip strips, and stone wash basins.

We can also provide slabs in 2 & 3cm thickness in all of our Jerusalem Stone colours with the exception of Oasis.

Please get in touch to discuss any requirements that you might have for any that are not shown, as we can arrange for most things to be made to order.


Tile & Marble Collection is a distributor of LTP’s range of floor maintenance materials.

LTP manufacture a range of scientifically formulated products for the cleaning, sealing and maintenance of natural materials, in particular natural stone.

The comprehensive range consists of intensive cleaners to remove stubborn stains, grout and cement residues, impregnating sealers, waxes and surface sealers as well as day to day maintenance products to ensure that floors and walls remain in tip top condition.

A display stand is available free to retailers who stock the range, as well as step by step product guides for your customers to take away.

The range is well supported by national advertising and PR and stockists are listed on the LTP website, which can be found at www.ltp-online.co.uk.

Tile & Marble Collection are stocking the products and can despatch them alongside your orders for our stone, or separately as required. Please contact the office for samples and more information.


Three of the most stunning types of rock & stone

There are a variety of stones and rocks used by builders and architects to create stunning effects. In this article, we will take a look at three of the most popular.

Jerusalem stone

The biblical sounding Jerusalem stone is actually an umbrella term encompassing a variety of pale lime-stones and dolomite stones.

So called due to its prevalence in buildings in and around Jerusalem, this elegant pale stone can be found in a variety of soft colours including pink, gold and off-white. Jerusalem stone is commonly quarried from areas near the Jordan River and evidence of original Jerusalem stone can still be found today in Temple Mount.

In fact, it is widely believed that King Solomon used Jerusalem stone when constructing his first Temple on the site. Even today, Jerusalem stone is a favourite medium used by builders due to the stone’s high density and low water absorption rate.

Often used in domestic residences to create stunning flooring and worktops, Jerusalem stone is at once enduring, stylish and elegant.

Travertine stone

Travertine stone is one of the most common materials used in contemporary architecture. Click here to see where Travertine stone comes from.

First quarried by the Romans specifically for building temples, evidence of the durability and beauty of Travertine stone can be seen in such buildings as the Sacre Couer Basilica in Paris, the Roman Coliseum, the world famous Getty Centre, the Willis tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) in Chicago and the ethereal colonnade of St Peter’s Square in Rome.

What each of these places have in common is a timeless beauty made possible by the use of Travertine stone.

These days, Travertine can be found in domestic and commercial residences, being frequently used for indoor flooring, patio paving, driveways and worktops. Travertine stone is twice as strong as concrete yet far more elegant, and is ideal for those wishing to decorate their home with earthy and natural tones.


Although strongly associated with sculptures, marble can make an excellent addition to any home’s aesthetic appeal. Marble is classed as a metamorphic rock, meaning it is both strong enough to maintain durability in a busy home and soft enough to carve and polish. Find out more.

Famous landmarks featuring marble stone include the leaning Tower of Pisa and the Taj Mahal – both examples of incredible architecture which effortlessly display this stone’s exquisite beauty.

Due to the eye catching patterns caused by re-crystallisation, marble is a popular choice of adornment in many homes, used for facades, stairs, window fittings, floors and worktops. Similarly, marble can be found in a variety of striking colour combinations, from chalk white to onyx black.

Each pattern on any given piece of marble is unique, meaning home owners can benefit from a truly outstanding and individual home embellishment.

 Other types of stone

All this talk of stone - so, what’s the best material used for your roof?

Slate and tile roofing is one of the most popular material used on properties. ELC Roofing based in Suffolk is expert in finding the right type of slate for your property.

Slates can vary in price depending on the type you have chosen. You can opt for a natural option or a man-made choice - fibre cement slate.

ELC Roofing Ltd covers areas such as Framlingham, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. See more information.