Isuzu trucks boosting better waste solutions

Isuzu waste trucks

Waste is often viewed as unsightly and undesirable, but it’s also an unavoidable outcome for any commercial or private industry. The management of waste is changing in Australia, with greener, cleaner options and businesses who aim to provide clever solutions to collect, recycle, and reduce the volume going to landfill.  

To keep the wheels turning and the compactors churning requires quality equipment, including reliable vehicles that can take a beating around the block.

Growing green 

Garden and recycling experts Jeffries in South Australia is an example of a business that has had hands in the soil for generations – ever since the Jeffries family first moved to Australia in the 1800s. 

The company has built a transport fleet around a core of Isuzu trucks fitted with compactor bodies that collect organic material from grocery stores and produce suppliers, which is compacted on-board for later processing at the Jeffries’ facility. This material becomes compost, soil, mulch, and fertilisers to be used at farms and vineyards across South Australia. 

There’s a constant juggle between payload, power and manoeuvrability to consider with each truck purchase. 

Jeffries prizes versatility, choosing Isuzu’s FVY 240-300 medium-duty platform to support a diverse range of applications across the transport side of the business.

The newest acquisitions are medium-wheelbase FVY 240-300 autos with green waste compactor bodies, recently collected from Northeast Isuzu in Adelaide. They join the existing fleet of medium-and heavy-duty Isuzu trucks including a swathe of FVY 240-300 compactors, tippers, trailer and water trucks, an FVY 240-300 with agitator, a Gigamax EXY 260-520 fitted with a quad dog trailer and tipper body, and an additional Gigamax for the heaviest of grunt work.

“We need our Isuzu compactor trucks to be able to manoeuvre in the CBD, but we also want to have maximum payload, so that we don’t make unnecessary trips back to the site to load up,” says Lachlan Jeffries, Executive Chairman of the Jeffries company. “We think we play a key role in moving Adelaide towards a more circular process where items are either reused or recycled. Our purpose is to create value out of that material and also provide value for our customers who find a home for their organic materials.”

Waste wranglers 

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North East Bin Hire has a fleet of 15 trucks used in construction and commercial waste removal, disaster relief and recovery. (Isuzu)

Also seeing the value of a medium-duty transport solution are waste and skip bin experts North East Bin Hire, based at Albury Wodonga on the New South Wales-Victorian border. 

North East Bin Hire has a hardworking fleet of 15 trucks used in construction and commercial waste removal, as well as disaster relief and recovery when needed. 

Fresh on the roster is a newly minted Isuzu FRR 110-240 which assists in tackling jobs on the trickier routes and terrain of the Albury-Wodonga hillsides.

Owner-operators Tom Hogan and Shannon Miles manage their 20 team members and capital assets including 900 skip bins in a feat of self-described ‘organised chaos’ aiming for a holistic approach to waste management. 

“At North East Bin Hire we try to give a complete service to our customers,” Tom says. “Whether it’s local builders, renovators or homeowners, we provide them with skip bins, then process those through our sorting pads, diverting as much waste as possible from landfill and recycling steel and timber. 

“The waste industry is great to be involved in and Albury has such a great landscape, so it’s a fun place to work and drive.”

Taking on the business of North East Bin Hire in 2020, Tom and Shannon found themselves in possession of a mixed truck fleet that they say was overworked, and ageing. To maintain efficiency and reliability of service they sought a new truck with a generous payload that could fit their Merrill skip lift mechanism.

“With the lifting mechanism on the tray and needing to carry skip bins, payload was extremely important for us with the new Isuzu truck,” Tom says.

The rugged FRR 110-240 is delivering nicely with a GVM of 11,000 kilograms and GCM of 16,000 kilograms, supported by a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine producing maximum power at 177 kW @ 2400 rpm and 765 Nm @ 1600 rpm torque.  

“In terms of size, the FRR is fantastic, and the manoeuvrability was a huge selling point.”  

Resource recovery 

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Rory Crundall, Director of Jumbo Skip Bins, is a proponent of having a fleet that is fit for purpose. (Isuzu)

Rory Crundall, Director of Jumbo Skip Bins, is a proponent of having a fleet that is fit for the purpose of waste recovery. 

The business covers a service area of Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast, offering residential and domestic hire, and specialising in construction and demolition disposal in the commercial sector. Rory has experienced it all first-hand, having started as an owner-driver with a solo chain lift truck, working seven days a week to get the business going.  

Jumbo has taken delivery of two new chain lift trucks within the past six months – a FXZ 240-350 and a FVR 165-300 both fitted with best-in-class West-Trans body equipment. This takes Jumbo’s fleet up to nine Isuzu trucks from a fleet of 10, ranging from a medium-duty FSR 140-260 chain lift skip loader through to heavier FXZ 240-350 chain lift and FXZ hook lift trucks.

“In the skip bin industry, we are constantly reversing around curves and in tight spaces, so the Allison auto transmission in the Isuzu trucks is definitely the way to go,” Rory says.

“I had intentions to grow into a large fleet and did a lot of research, asking mechanics and other trucking companies which brand they preferred and the answer I got was Isuzu about 90 per cent of the time.

“As a business owner, I wanted peace of mind and comfort, so Isuzu’s warranty and roadside assistance terms are a massive incentive.”

In addition to working a full roster with Jumbo, the fleet is commandeered for double duty collecting concrete waste in sister company, Moreton Bay Recycling, which Rory became Co-Owner and Director of in 2022. This creates a circular operation that offers cleaner, greener outcomes for clients in the construction sector. 

“Historically, we’ve found that most construction companies haven’t been interested in how much of their waste is being recycled but that is changing. I have always had an interest in environmental outcomes and have been willing to make the effort to deal with waste, separate it and recycle it into different streams,” Rory says.  

“Our customers at Jumbo often need products that are produced from the recycled concrete, so we’re able to fill it up at Moreton Bay facility, then drop it off with their Jumbo skip bin, which saves them the cost of an extra delivery.” 

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