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Truck hire eases the strain

Transportation and handling of recyclable products is at the heart of the waste industry.

Businesses are finding that tougher vehicle emission standards, demanding maintenance regimes, financial complexities, and breakdown and budgeting issues are encouraging them to outsource their commercial vehicle requirements to specialists.

As the industry demands the highest safety standards, trucks operating within the sector need to be tailored to meet specific operational requirements. Traditional methods of vehicle acquisition, such as outright purchase, can fail to keep pace with the challenges of new legislation, such as achieving carbon footprint reductions.

Major breakdowns and costly repairs to owned trucks can sometimes make accurate budgeting almost impossible, and often have a detrimental effect on a company’s bottom line.

Ryder Europe is a partner with many recyclers, and has more than 40 years’ experience of providing rental and contract hire trucks, coupled with expertise in maintenance, breakdown and fleet management across the UK.

As one of the UK’s largest suppliers of rental and contract HGVs, the company has developed the expertise to design and engineer trucks to perfectly match business requirements. This is supported by in-house finance, maintenance and service packages to give businesses the flexibility to meet the changing demands of the marketplace.

One company that has benefited from working with Ryder is electrical reuse and recycling specialist Environcom. It takes in unwanted electrical appliances from a variety of sources, including high street retailers and council- run household waste sites. Virtually anything with a plug or charger is collected either for repair, harvested for spare parts or reduced to fragments of raw materials to feed back into the manufacturing process.

Mike Daly, Environcom non-executive director, explains: “Our headquarters is in Grantham and, to provide nationwide coverage, we have expanded our operation to include Edmonton, north London; Mold, north Wales; and Stourbridge in the West Midlands. As a result of refocusing our operations, we have now become the largest recycler of refrigerators in the UK.

“Transport has always played a big part of our operation. We recently took delivery of six 15- tonne DAF LFs on contract hire from Ryder. We had previously operated larger 18-tonne trucks but these often had access problems at some of our collection points.

“So Ryder evaluated our transport operations and designed slightly smaller trucks which offered us a comparable carrying capacity.

“The new vehicles are equipped with safety tail-lifts, allowing them to operate at maximum cubic capacity. This reduces our carbon footprint and operating costs.

“Ryder also provided truckmounted telematics, so that we have accurate information on how and where the trucks are being used, and ensure the transport operation is always running at maximum efficiency.”

The trucks are weighed in and out of Environcom’s depots on every trip for accurate records of all waste tonnage. This also helps customers to prove they are compliant with recycling directives.

In 2013, the company processed more than two million appliances, which equates to 80,000 tonnes a year. Many are repaired and refurbished and sold to the trade or charity shop chains, but around 75% are beyond economic repair and are shredded for reprocessing back into five core metals.

Whether a company operates a single truck or a whole fleet, the pressures being placed on businesses in terms of environmental impact, legislative requirements and cost control and budgeting are immense. It is important these days for recycling firms of all sizes to refocus resources on their core business, and to partner with a respected company for their transport needs.  

Robin White is sales and marketing director at Ryder Europe

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