Cleaning up with Isuzu

When needing something strong and reliable for their waste and skip bin business, North East Bin Hire went straight to Isuzu

When the streets are clean and free of rubbish, who do we have to thank for that? Waste collection.

But just how do they manage to get around to everyone’s mess? A hardworking fleet.

Waste and skip bin experts such as North East Bin Hire are doing their part in keeping the rural and regional areas of the country in good (and sanitary) working order.

Based at Albury Wodonga on the New South Wales-Victorian border, they rely on their fleet of 15 trucks to provide their excellent service to customers.

Utilised in construction and commercial waste removal, as well as disaster relief and recovery when needed, they know when they need reliable trucks, they turn to Isuzu.

Needing a truck to assist with tackling jobs on the trickier routes and terrain of the Albury-Wodonga hillsides, there was no better choice than a freshly minted Isuzu FRR 110-240, aptly dubbed ‘8’ (Skip 8).

You can’t miss the North East Bin Hire FRR 110-240 on the roads of Albury-Wodonga (Image: Mark Jesser / Isuzu Trucks)

Taking on the business of North East Bin Hire in 2020, owner-operators Tom Hogan and Shannon Miles now manage their 20 team members and 900 skip bins with a holistic approach.

“At North East Bin Hire we try to give a complete service to our customers,” says Tom.

“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.”

Shannon is the man behind monitoring the movements of the fleet with Tom taking on day-to-day tasks and jumping behind the wheel as the schedule demands.

“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,” says Tom.

“But we support a large radius of clients even from Falls Creek to Shepparton.”

Taking on such an intense workload means the fleet needs to be capable enough to keep up.

Unfortunately, when Tom and Shannon took over they found themselves in possession of a mixed truck fleet that was overworked, and ageing.

To maintain efficiency and reliability of service they went seeking a new truck with a generous payload that could fit their Merrill skip lift mechanism. This would replace a 21-year-old Isuzu NQR 450 that had done its time.

The Merrill skip lift mechanism needed the right truck for the job (Image: Mark Jesser / Isuzu Trucks)

They headed to Blacklocks Isuzu in Wodonga to speak with Richard Pineros about the medium-wheelbase FRR 110-240.

“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.

“We went with manual transmission for the mixed terrain—that first gear is so low you can pull up hills with no worries.”

With an eye-catching all-over wrap applied by Andrew Reid at Signarama, Skip 8 is delivering great service, no matter what the day throws its way.

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

Tom believes their business of skip bin hire and waste removal is one of the hardest-wearing applications there is on a truck.

They’ve had no issues with their new Isuzu, which is backed by consistent servicing at the Blacklocks dealership.

“Isuzu is really setting the pace for providing a comfortable truck for us to use, with enough power and tools to get the job done,” Tom says.

“The consistency and reliability of these trucks for owner-operators is assured.”

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