Between December 2011 and April 2012, Cory Environmental replaced 54 of its vehicles with new 3.5- and 7.5-tonne Isuzu rigid trucks.
They were fitted with a mixture of refuse collection bodies, skip loaders and caged tippers (pictured), some of which feature column tail lifts. The vehicles were acquired as part of an eight-year contract between Cory and Cornwall Council which runs until 2020.
The vehicles provide street cleaning services, compaction and garden waste collection, as well as black bag refuse and wheelie bin cleansing.
Isuzu and its local dealer T Harvey & Sons of Redruth won the contract for an initial 42 vehicles. This was followed by an order for 10 more trucks, and two additional Isuzus were transferred to this operation from another contract.
Mark Hamblin, senior workshop manager at Cory Environmental, said: “Vehicle downtime is critical to our business operation and, since we have had the Isuzus in the fleet, our overall ‘vehicle off road’ time has been minimised.
“During the initial three-year warranty period, we have found that the response from T Harvey has been excellent.”
Another significant factor behind Isuzu being successful for the Cornwall contract is the overall footprint of the trucks. The slim cabs make them ideal for the narrow accessibility in many small villages across the county.
Hamblin added: “Without doubt, the Isuzu trucks are ideally suited to our operation here in Cornwall. The stop/start operations in small villages with limited or narrow access have been handled with ease.
“The Isuzus have proved, without exception, to be a valuable addition to our municipal fleet.”