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.