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Why you should be mulching your garden this weekend

Posted on 5 May 2016

The best time to Mulch is now

It is autumn in Melbourne right now and the weather is starting to turn.
The days are getting shorter. The weather is turning colder and we are getting more and more rain.


You would think that your garden would love this time of year, plenty of water and less scorching sunshine to burn leaves but the summer sun also warms the ground which helps the roots or our garden plants grow.

The soil needs to continue to stay warm so the plants are able to survive throughout the winter.

Here's where mulching comes in.

If you use our 100% recycled timber mulch to cover your gardens now, they will stay warm for the winter, providing a nice cosy blanket for your garden.

It also ensures topsoil isn't washed away in strong rains. As soil erosion can be a real problem in some areas.

The best bit is if you lay it now, it will help stop the weeds coming through in spring time and and will mean you have to spend less time in your garden out in the cold and rain over the colder winter months.

It makes sense really, put the hard yards in now, lay the mulch over your entire garden and let our recycled timber mulch do the hard work for you.

By choosing recycled timber mulch you are also turning timber that was destined for landfill back into nature and helping save the planet. Which we think is the best reason of all to get mulching!


We have a great special on our timber mulch. Call us today for more details. 1300 326 274

You can read more about our 100% recycled timber mulch here.

Posted in: Sustainable Demolition, Recycled Right Recycling Timber Garden mulch Organic mulch DIY EcoGroup  

We can help you recover from storm damage with our recycled roof tiles

Posted on 3 May 2016
We can help you recover from storm damage with our recycled roof tiles

Do you have damage from recent storms in Melbourne? Do you need replacement roof tiles?

EcoGroup have thousands of recycled roof tiles that will match your existing roof.

 

Melbourne is experiencing major destruction from storms. Winds of about 100 kilometres per hour were recorded on the bay and in the state's south-west. These storms are causing major headaches for homeowners who are experiencing severe damage to their property and in particular, roofs.

If you have roof damage and need replacement tiles, contact EcoGroup today.

We will help you match your existing roof with our 100% recycled roof tiles.

We have a wide range of both concrete and terracotta roof tiles as well as ridge capping, chimney pots, ridge lace and other roofing accessories.

Contact us now for a quote.

1300 326 274.

For more information about our roof tile products, head to our catalogue here.

Posted in: Recycling Roof Tile EcoGroup  

Six things you need to do before starting a demolition.

Posted on 28 April 2016
Six things you need to do before starting a demolition.

Are you contemplating a demolition? Read this first.

Knock-down-rebuild seems to be the latest buzz word in the construction industry.
Every suburb has excavators and machines ploughing through the normally quiet residential streets in preparation to knock down either one huge old house to make way for multiple townhouses or an even larger mega mansion.

It seems so easy, just knock it down, clear the rubbish and get started on building, but it can get very complicated and extremely stressful if not done right.
Let us help you make this process a little less stressful.

1. Read your contract thoroughly.

We get customers all the time that don't understand things we are asking for or get a shock when we bring up tasks that they need to do.
We make sure all the details you need to know are clearly stated in the contract and every other demolisher would be the same.
So, to make sure you don't get any surprises or you are left unprepared and stressed out, read your contract from start to finish.

2. You need to handle the abolishments yourself.

Demolition works will not commence until all gas and electricity services have been abolished and not
just disconnected.
Due to privacy laws only the person who is an authorised account holder can arrange
gas and electricity abolishments through their service provider.
The abolishment of gas and electricity generally takes up to 20 business days with your service provider.
The cutting and sealing of sewers will only be required if your builder or architect advises that this is a
requirement. Should you require cut and seal of your sewer, you will need to organise a licensed
plumber.
Water connection is required during the demolition and construction phases, as this is an Occupational
Health and Safety requirement. So, don't cut the water!

3. You may need council approval if you want to remove the trees on your block.

You will need to check with your local council if a Tree Permit is required to remove trees. Local councils
have regulations for tree removal. It may depend on the size or type of tree. Contact your
local council to check their regulations. Your local council website should have this information. This can be a lengthy process, so get this checked before you apply for demolition.


4. Get asset protection from your local council.

Demolition or building works will not commence until you have arranged Asset Protection via your local
council. Asset Protection is a council requirement. The permit is required in order to protect council
assets such as footpaths, kerb and channel, trees, pits/drains and nature strips from damage during the
transportation of equipment, machinery and building materials. Contact your local council for further
information.


5. Almost every house has some asbestos in it, get it checked by a professional.

Almost every house built before 1993 will have some asbestos in it somewhere.
Whether you leave it to us or another company, asbestos is a serious business that needs to be managed by professionals. Don't mess about with your safety or the demolishers. Get it checked first.


6. Ensure the title of the property is in your name before applying for permits.

A Certificate of Title is the deed which shows the land description and registered
proprietor. In the event that you are unable to locate your Certificate of Title document
you can obtain a copy via Landata
 

We've put this info plus more into a helpful factsheet you can download here.

Here at EcoGroup we pride ourselves on being Australia's first green demolisher. We recycle up to 97% of all materials taken from a demolition site.

So when choosing your demolisher, make sure your old house isn't being sent straight to landfill. What a waste! Recycle Right. Choose EcoGroup.

For a quote, click here. Or call us on 1300 326 476.

Posted in: Sustainable Demolition, Recycled Right Demolition Recycling EcoGroup  

Salvaged items

Posted on 21 April 2016
Salvaged items

Salvaged items need a new home!

Every now and then we stumble across items when doing demolitions that are just too good not be given a second home. 

We always try and salvage these items so they can live another life and perhaps bring joy to someone's life in its current condition rather than being recycled. 

When we find these things we list them on various sites to try and sell them on or sometimes we keep them at our plant in the hope we can use them ourselves.

Here are a few of our salvaged items that we would love to see go to a new home. 

If you would like any further information, please get in touch with us or come down to our Clayton yard to see them in person.

Mobile Office/Classroom/Mobile home

     

Comes as one complete structure but is in 8 sections. Piped and cabled. Includes kitchenette and bathrooms. Carpeted and has curtains. Must arrange own transport to collect from Clayton Victoria. Approximately 21mx21m Front steps included. Electricity board included. Sections are 7.4m x 7.4m. Ceiling height is 2.6m.

 

Brick Saw

 

Three phase diamond blade brick saw. Still in working condition.

 

Blue Stone Saw

 

Handmade blue stone saw. Still in working condition.

Posted in: Sustainable Demolition, Recycled Right Recycling EcoGroup  

Quality Garden Mulch - $10 per m3*

Posted on 14 March 2016
Quality Garden Mulch - $10 per m3*

25mm 100% Recycled Timber Garden Mulch



Eco-Friendly and sustainable garden Mulch

 

  • Made from 100% recycled timber

  • Great for the environment

  • Mulch is great for gardens as it improves soil structure

  • Mulch has excellent moisture retention and weed control

  • Mulch is well seasoned and will last for years


Now is the time to mulch your garden


SPECIAL OFFER UNTIL 31 MARCH, 2016  

$10.00 per cubic metre* (ex GST) (ex bin)

Minimum order: 5m3 - pick up from 60 Garden Road, Clayton

Delivery can be arranged.


 

Call: 1300 326 754 to order

 

We have large commercial quantities available with capacity for ongoing supply.

Posted in: Sustainable Demolition, Recycled Right Recycling Timber Garden mulch Organic mulch  

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