Braintree District Council takes on fuel efficient RCVs and reduces environmental impact of its operations

Published:  23 November, 2012

A fleet of six ‘cleaner and greener'refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) have taken to the roads in the Braintree District.Braintree District Council has leased six modern RCVs from Riverside Truck Rental to replace its eight older vehicles. The Dennis Eagle trucks have fuel-efficient engines and electric bin lifts and are more environmentally friendly than before. Riverside Truck Rental will maintain the vehicles throughout a seven-year contract.

Cllr Robert Mitchell, Deputy Cabinet Member for Place commented: “Our refuse collection vehicles are out on the roads eight hours a day, five days a week, in all weather and road conditions. So our continued investment is necessary to ensure this service, on which every household in the district relies, remains reliable and efficient to run. These vehicles are also significantly quieter in operation, gently charging the electric lifting batteries at idle speed, rather than requiring noisy hydraulic pumps for each bin lift, resulting in a more peaceful neighbourhood on bin day!”

Russell Markstein, Development Director, Riverside Truck Rental said: “The delivery of these vehicles is the first in a series of replacements that will be delivered to the council over the next two or three years as part of our new partnership with Braintree District Council. The fleet will deliver environmental and fuel savings and will also be much more reliable with dedicated on-site maintenance being provided.”

The council operates 86 vehicles in a range of departments, including refuse, recycling, food waste, green waste, trade, glass, street cleansing, horticulture, grounds maintenance, environmental health, street wardens, dog warden, clean teams, highway angers, community transport and workshops.

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