As part of its ongoing fleet replacement programme the Parish of St Helier has recently taken delivery of an Isuzu 11t truck fitted with a Geesinknorba R300 body. This vehicle was purchased to replace one of the older toploading glass collection trucks. During the selection process a number of different vehicle options were considered in order to fit in with the current collection methods and maintain flexibility over future use of the vehicle.
As the Parish of St Helier currently runs a collection of both household and commerical glass a vehicle that was capable of being used on both rounds was considered the best option, and this meant that a number of the lower capacity options were discounted. At the time of selection GeesinkNorba was in the process of manufacturing a demonstration vehicle of their new R300 body of sufficient capacity, whilst keeping the chassis to a suitable weight and size.
This vehicle was selected for the collection of glass due to a number of important factors.
- Low bin load height
- Reduced fall distance for glass during load
- High payload on low gross weight chassis
- Sealed body design
- Low number of moving parts in vehicle body
The body design does also have a number of other key benefits that improve the safety of the glass collection operation, including improved bin lift control and remote tipping from the cab. Another important consideration was to get a collection body with as few moving parts as possible, this being due to the erosive nature of the glass during any compaction.
The new vehicle meets all current European regulations, which incorporate a number of important safety features further improving the standard of the Parish vehicle fleet.