As part of a new household waste and recycling programme, Stroud District Council is introducing six brand-new Isuzu Forward 7.5-tonne food waste vehicles into its municipal vehicle fleet that will work exclusively on this new initiative, which goes live this month.
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.
These dedicated food waste vehicles are all based on the Isuzu Forward N75.150 Urban rigid chassis cab that has been specified with the Easyshift automatic gearbox. Each vehicle has an identical body, a Heil Farid Micro L body with a capacity of 5m³ and 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. 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,” said Carlos Novoth, Stroud District Council’s public space manager.
“At the same time we talked to several other local authority users of Isuzus and they are all equally as impressed by the performance of their Isuzu vehicles, which gave us the strong positive feedback on which we could base our final decision, “ added Carlos Novoth.
Residents of Stroud have been provided with brand new sealed food bins and small kitchen food waste caddies, the contents of which are to be collected weekly and emptied into a slave bin on the back of each Isuzu. Once full, the vehicles will then unload at the council’s transfer station before the food waste goes for onward shipment to the local AD (Anaerobic Digestion) plant in Cheltenham, where it will be processed and converted to gas power for the National Grid for use within the local area.