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J&B Recycling, in Hartlepool, updates transport fleet
A WASTE management firm is giving its transport fleet an overhaul as it looks to cut costs and increase fuel efficiency.
J&B Recycling, based in Hartlepool, wants to reduce fuel bills by more than 10 per cent by encouraging drivers to operate more safely on the roads.
The company is now updating its 19 vehicles.
Matt Tyrie, J&B transport and logistics manager, said: “As a waste management business, reducing our carbon footprint is at the very heart of what we do.
“We need to set an example by driving forward efficiency in every aspect of our operations.
“When we started to replace the fleet, we knew that had to go hand in hand with fuel efficient driving.
“Fuel is a massive cost for a business such as ourselves but I’m pleased to see that we are already making significant savings.”
Operating more fuel efficient vehicles alongside improved driving is expected to reduce transport costs by as much as £45,000 a year.
Mr Tyrie said: “When you look at fuel efficiency before we introduced the safe and fuel efficient driver training, we were getting an average of five miles per gallon on the vehicles, but that is already up to 6.8 miles per gallon.
“It’s about changing perceptions and the attitudes of our drivers.
“There’s perhaps been a culture in the past about getting the job done as quickly as possible but that just drives up costs and we would rather have our drivers operating safely and efficiently than chasing their tails all day.”
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