Essex County Council takes delivery of new fleet from NRG Riverside

OWL Gold Partner NRG Riverside recently supplied sixteen hook loaders and eleven trailers to Essex County Council on a long-term contract hire basis, supported by a full maintenance programme from its Colchester workshop and depot. 

After moving its recycling centres and waste transfer service in-house, Essex County Council (ECC) recognised the need to establish a specialist, diverse and reliable fleet with ongoing maintenance provision. Following a diligent tender process, the council awarded the contract to NRG Riverside. 

As one of the largest counties in England, Essex Council manages around 700.000 tonnes of waste from Essex households annually, some 52% of which is recycled. As part of its waste management strategy, ECC encourages its residents to reduce waste and increase recycling to minimise the negative impact of waste on the environment. ECC works with the Essex Waste Partnership (EWP) to ensure sustainable and cost-efficient waste management is delivered across Essex. 

Working with chassis maker and dealer Harris DAF, NRG Riverside has delivered sixteen 32-tonne Boughton Engineering hook loaders, the vehicle of choice for lifting large waste containers. The 11 Boughton trailers will provide additional fleet support for effective bulky waste removal, transport, and treatment across the region.

Full maintenance support

Craig Shuttleworth, Transport Manager for Essex County Council, commented: ‘As we are one of the largest local authorities and these vehicles are on the front line for ECC, we wanted a vehicle that looks the part and is up to the job. We are delighted with the result and look forward to working with NRG Riverside over the coming years. Having the trucks on a full maintenance package helps keep these vehicles in top condition while remaining compliant and keep rising costs down.’

NRG Riverside’s Kirsty Hillsden said: ‘As one of the UK’s largest fleet operators, NRG Riverside has the knowledge and experience to recommend and provide specialist fleet solutions to local authorities looking to long-term contract hire vehicles, rather than buy them outright. It is a more cost-effective option, especially since hire rates are fixed for the contract term and with the inclusion of a maintenance package, fleet reliability is assured.’

NRG Riverside will be exhibiting at OWL Wales at Voco St Davids, Cardiff on March 3