Bridging the waste divide: Isuzu

Increasing demands on collection practices to keep up with the growing waste segment has influenced a new line-up of Isuzu Dual Control solutions.

Looking at the 2018 National Waste Report, the numbers tell us that Australians generate 67 million tonnes (Mt) of waste each year – of which 37 Mt comprises recycling.

Increasing recycling rates mean waste companies must adapt, travelling to new locations, carrying changing waste streams and taking on new assets and pieces of infrastructure.

While each waste company will have their own market reach, one major organisation has been growing its footprint and now holds around 5000 vehicles.

Moreover, innovation is conducive to winning new contracts in the evolving collection and resource recovery landscape.

To answer the call for efficient waste management, manufacturers must keep up with continued product investment and innovation. This allows them to deliver the outcomes expected by waste collection stakeholders.

As an essential service, waste management collection can be resource-intensive and competitive. Providing the best service provision in a cost-effective manner therefore continues to inspire a range of novel solutions.

Truck manufacturer Isuzu, which has a vision to lead the way in providing whole-of-life solutions for its customers, has been continuing to refine its products to improve its market offering.

Isuzu Australia Limited National Sales Manager, Les Spaltman, says the sheer scale of the waste management task calls for not only more waste transport solutions, but also a diverse, improved range of application-specific products.

“Taking into consideration the relentless demands on the equipment and an increasingly challenging environment, there are a few things that need to be kept in mind,” Les says.

He says that payload capacity, harsh stop-start operation and ease of operation, including visibility while driving, are important factors to consider. Likewise, Les says product performance and efficiency and product reliability and durability are equally considerable.

With all of these factors in play, Les says Isuzu Trucks’ release of an expanded Dual Control range is a timely addition to the waste solution market.

“We’re extremely pleased to be able to bring additional factory dual control solutions to market,” Les says.

“Many would be aware of the discontinuation of some of the more traditional, go-to truck models in this sector. In response, we have a highly competitive, low tare weight solution on offer – one which ticks some key boxes for Australian operators.”


Les says the expanded Dual Control range was OEM-developed and designed to comfortably handle the demands of the local waste industry and landscape.

“The newly expanded Dual Control range combines product value and reliability with low tare weight, meaning more waste can be transported cost-effectively,” he says.

As the trucks have been designed specifically for Australian conditions, it was important a number of elements were taken into consideration.

For example, the range comprises key gross vehicle mass (GVM), specification and wheelbase variants, and caters to a broad range of waste applications, including road sweepers and side-lift compactors.

Starting the range is the dual-rated FSR 140/120-260 Dual Control, available in 12- and 14-tonne GVM models, followed by the slightly heftier FVD 165-300 Dual Control at 16.5 tonnes GVM.

Rounding out Isuzu’s offering are two heavier models, available in medium and long wheelbase options: the FVY 240-300 Dual Control and FVZ 240-300 Dual Control featuring a 24-tonne GVM rating.

Power comes from Isuzu’s six-cylinder, 24-valve 6HK1-TCC and TCS engines, renowned for their performance, economy and efficiency, especially under high-idle conditions.

Further tare weight reductions of up to 250 kilograms can be achieved with Hendrickson rear airbag suspension, which is available for the FVY and FVD models. Les says that for harsher, off-road environments, rugged steel spring rear suspension is an option.

Common features across all Isuzu dual control models include high precision cross shafts linking both left- and right-hand steering columns.

Both driving positions are furnished with ISRI 6860 adjustable air-suspended seats with integrated seat belts, offering maximum comfort and operational visibility.

All Isuzu dual control models also come equipped with Allison automatic transmission as standard equipment, from the LCT 2500 Series in the FSR, through to the rugged 3000 Series in the FVD model and the 3500 Series in the FVZ and FVY 6×4 variants.


Catering to driver comfort and ease of use, the expanded Dual Control range features Allison automatic transmissions, and standard ISRI 6860 adjustable air-suspended seats with integrated seat belt across both left- and right-hand driving positions.

Both driving positions feature air-assisted steering wheel height adjustment, allowing complete driver customisation.

Additionally, the instrument panel is duplicated on the left-hand driving side for added ease of operation.

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National Waste Report 2018 released

Blue Environment has released the 2018 National Waste Report, showing China still remained Australia’s biggest destination for exports of recyclables in 2017-18 despite tightening restrictions.

The latest report is the culmination of two years of work by Blue Environment in obtaining data from the states and territories.

A chart in the latest report shows significant declines in scrap metal (23 per cent), plastics (79 per cent) and paper and cardboard (39 per cent) in 2017-18.

The report shows Australians generated 67 million tonnes of waste in 2016-17 with 37 million recycled.

The numbers are largely similar to the 66 million tonnes generated in 2014-15 and 36 million recycled.

Prepared for the Department of the Environment and Energy, the report looks at the waste management method, including the infrastructure that treats it (landfill, compost, alternative waste treatment) and waste fate (disposal, recycling, energy recovery and long-term storage.

In terms of waste stream data, hazardous waste comprised 6.3 million tonnes generated in 2016-17, with 27 per cent recycled, 59 per cent landfilled and 13 per cent sent to a treatment facility. From 2006-07 to 2016-17, hazardous waste generation increased by about 26 per cent, while the recycling rate decreased from 34 to 27 per cent. More than half of this increase is attributed to greater quantities of materials, including contaminated soil.

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It also shows 30 million tonnes of organic waste was generated in 2016-17, remaining fairly stable over an 11-year period while Australia’s population increased. The recycling rate over this time increased from 39 to 52 per cent.

The report details data and information on numerous industry issues, including National Sword and waste stockpiling.

“Waste stockpiling is a significant concern and has resulted in several recent major fires. Substantial stockpiling of C&D waste and glass is understood to occur,” the report says.

“Reporting on stockpiles is limited by lack of data. Ideally, this report would account for additions to and removals from stockpiles in the reporting year.”

“Unrecorded waste in stockpiles leads to underestimates of waste generation. Recorded waste in stockpiles (e.g. at a glass recycling plant) leads to overestimates of recycling.”

The report also displays exports of waste materials for recycling during the 12 years to 2017-18 and shows a long-term increase in exports, except for a decline between 2013-14 and 2015-16 which it attributes to a scrap metals decline.

It shows two charts that suggest that exports of waste materials for recycling were strongly affected by the Chinese restrictions, but the displaced materials mostly found new export destinations. The breakdown shows this occurred for paper and plastics and in both cases increased to Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.

“Despite its restrictions and reduced Australian imports, in 2017-18 China remained Australia’s biggest destination for exports of waste materials for recycling.”

In a later section on China’s restrictions, the report acknowledges many companies have been forced to absorb financial losses and remain financially stricken, with local governments and ratepayers facing higher costs.

“The Chinese restrictions have been closely watched by other major importers of waste materials, and this year Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam have each announced tighter controls over imports of waste materials.

“It is likely that export markets for waste materials for recycling will become more constrained globally, and Australia will need to increase on-shore recycling of the major export commodities of metals, paper and cardboard and plastics.”

You can read the full National Waste Report here.