The name Richards has been synonymous with the Waste Management Industry for more than seventy years. In the early 1930's, the original JJ Richards set up his business and commenced contracting in the Tweed area of northern New South Wales as JJ Richards & Sons. This firm still operates today and is one of the largest in the industry with major contracts in nearly all capital cities as well as many regional sites.
In 1958 a member of the original company, JR (Joe) Richards started his own company, JR Richards & Sons at Tuncurry which today operates widely throughout New South Wales. The company currently contracts to over thirty different Councils, serving large regional centres such as Taree, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Grafton, Armidale, Forbes and Orange. Overall the Company employs over 260 people and a fleet of over 250 heavy vehicles used in its operations.
In addition to Waste Management, JR Richards and Sons have been to the forefront of engineering and design within the industry. A large engineering division is owned and operated at Tuncurry, which employs over 15 people. Here most of the Companies engineering needs are manufactured including a wide range of compaction equipment in conjunction with JJ Richards. These units are now used extensively throughout the industry with some being exported overseas. The Richards compactors and loaders are highly regarded and are indicative of the Company’s determination to not only keep pace with modern technology but indeed set the standard for others to follow.
Recycling is another area into which the Company has expanded. Currently Richards operate a kerbside recycling collection service for over 50 Councils with 17 purpose built Material Recovery Facilities processing the collected materials. This aspect of waste management further exemplifies the Richards Company’s ability to expand and diversify to meet industry trends and satisfy market demands.
The firm JR Richards and Sons is truly a family Company with Joe’s children Ken, Joe Jnr and Sharyn all directly involved in management and operations. It is of interest to know that of the contracts currently held by the firm, 23 have been held for over 10 years with 5 in excess of 40 years. The basis of the company has always been service and stability and this will continue to be the case.
The Company JR Richards and Sons have enjoyed an unblemished industrial record for over 49 years and also enjoy being part of the community, a tradition it intends maintaining.
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