Picture of one of First Mile's new Isuzu Forward trucks being loaded with recycling bags in a London street

Recycling firm First Mile buys 20 Isuzu Forwards in three years

Published:  20 July, 2018

After acquiring its first ever Isuzu vehicle three years ago, London based recycling company First Mile now has more than 20 in its fleet of 62 vehicles, all based on the Isuzu Forward 7.5 tonne rigid chassis cab.

The latest six Isuzu 7.5 tonners to enter service with the delivery and collection fleet at First Mile are all Isuzu Forward N75.150 (E) rigids, fitted with Solent Bodies’ caged tipper bodies. For the first time, the tipper bodies also feature side bin lifts for on-street collections.

The vehicles have been supplied by local Isuzu Truck dealer Cordwallis Commercials at Heathrow and will be in the First Mile fleet for at least five years, providing regular recycling collection services to customers in both London and Birmingham.

Lucasz Czech, head of operations at First Mile, said: ‘Our first involvement with Isuzu was back in 2015.

‘The Isuzu truck chassis was ideal for our operations and they have proven to be reliable in service and economical to run. They now account for a third of our fleet and we are delighted with their performance and the service from our Isuzu dealer, Cordwallis, who have supported our growth.

‘First Mile is an environmental business and our impact on London's Air Quality is most important. The Isuzus complement our low emission fleet of modern and zero emission vehicles because they comply with the highest Euro VI emission standards. They are also ULEZ compliant, ahead of the April 2019 deadline.

‘The Isuzu N75.150 trucks provide us with a very high payload for this class of vehicle, which means that they burn less fuel than other vehicles for each tonne collected.

‘The addition of the side lifts has enabled us to be the only company providing London-wide daily food recycling collections. Food waste is converted to green energy, which also contributes to improving air quality in the UK.’

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