The new food waste vehicles are all based on the Forward N75.150 Urban rigid chassis cab specified with the Easyshift automatic gearbox.
Each has been mounted with a Heil Farid Micro L body with a capacity of 5m³, capable of handling EN standard bins from 120litres to 1,100litres capacity and food waste caddies or ‘slave type’ bins.
“We were well aware of the flexibility and payload advantages of the Isuzu trucks as they have an excellent reputation within the local authority marketplace,” comments Carlos Novoth, Stroud District Council’s public space manager.
“They are also extremely driver friendly and, of course, the small footprint of the trucks makes them ideally suited to our narrow local rural roads.”
This is the first time that Stroud District Council has introduced a district-wide food waste programme and the vehicles will be operating within a 176 sq mile area that covers 52,000 properties in this predominantly rural location.
The six Isuzus are expected to collect in excess of 5,000 tonnes of food waste on this weekly service during the initial 12-month period.