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Food waste fleet ready

Stroud District Council is intro­ducing six Isuzu Forward 7.5- tonne food waste vehicles into its municipal fleet for its first dis­trict-wide food waste collection programme.

The vehicles are expected to col­lect more than 5,000 tonnes of food waste on this weekly service during the initial 12 months.

The dedicated food waste vehi­cles are based on the Isuzu For­ward N75.150 Urban rigid chassis cab that has been specified with the Easyshift automatic gearbox. Each vehicle has a Heil Farid Micro L body with a capacity of 5cu m, and is capable of handling EN standard bins from 120-1,100- litre capacity, food waste caddies or ‘slave type’ bins.

Carlos Novoth, the council’s public space manager, said: “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.”

The vehicles will unload at the council’s transfer station before the waste goes to the local anaero­bic digestion plant in Cheltenham.

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