New fleet of trucks leased by Braintree District Council

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 Ltd to replace eight vehicles.

The Dennis Eagle vehicles have fuel efficient engines and electric bin lifts and are more environmentally friend.

Riverside Truck Rental will maintain the vehicles throughout the seven year contract.

Cllr Robert Mitchell, deputy cabinet member for Place said: “Our refuse collection vehicles are out on the roads eight hours a day, five days a week, in all weathers and road conditions.

“So our continued investment is necessary to ensure this service, which every home in the district relies on, 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 Ltd said: “The delivery of these vehicles is the first of tranche 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, including refuse, recycling, food waste, green waste, trade, glass, street cleansing, horticulture, grounds maintenance, environmental health, street wardens, dog warden, clean teams, highway rangers, community transport and workshops.