Waste management business, Trash ‘N’ Stash, has been keeping Melbourne shops, restaurants, schools, health care facilities and body corporate organisations fresh with its bin and mini skip hire service.
Each day the business supplies and empties bins for commercial customers, as well as providing mini skips with a two cubic metre capacity.
Offering its customers many years of experience in the waste management industry, Trash ‘N’ Stash was established in 1983. The business currently employs eight workers and runs a fleet of six Isuzu trucks.
Based in the eastern Victorian suburb of Research, Trash ‘N’ Stash services the entire metropolitan Melbourne area. The team also services the leafier parts of Melbourne, such as Panton Hill and St Andrews, and as far as rural town, Kilmore.
The fleet consists of a range of Isuzu models, an old FVD 950, FVD 1000, FXY 1400 and new FXY 1500 Auto, all fitted out with green garbage compactor bodies, and a smaller NPR 350 which is used to transport the mini skips.
Also in the fleet is a classic 1985 Isuzu JCR with a tray body incorporating a crane – a restoration project for Jon Jupp, who runs the business with his father, Stan.
“The old crane truck has its original engine and has half a million kilometres on the clock. It’s still a great truck; it sits on 100 km/h on the freeway without any issues. It’s my favourite truck in our fleet,” Jon said.
“I also enjoy driving the FVD 1000 as it’s very zippy and great for metropolitan areas. It loves the hills. The FXY 1500 Auto is also a great choice for hilly areas.”
Aside from fitting application-specific bodies, Jon and Stan have made several other modifications to the Isuzu trucks.
“All of our Isuzus have shortened wheelbases to suit their bodies. We also install the Isuzu air horns to alert people that the truck is moving and we’ve added horse hair fur around the wheel arches to help keep the trucks clean,” Jon said.
Trash ‘N’ Stash’s trucks have a lifespan of approximately eight years before they are replaced. During this time they work extremely hard.
“We prefer to use automatic trucks due to the amount of stop-start driving and reversing in and out of alleys that we do,” Jon said.
“Waste management work is very hard on the trucks. Over their lifespan they can travel between 300,000 and 400,000 kilometres. The engines are constantly cycling between idle and full power, not only during our stop-start driving, but also each time we’re maneuvering to load rubbish into the trucks.”
Jon looks for specific features when choosing trucks to join the Trash ‘N’ Stash fleet.
“When selecting new trucks we always look for a large amount of horsepower and airbag suspension to carry the weight of the truck body. The compactors get quite heavy when full,” he said.
“The Isuzu trucks are very nice. It’s not just the way they drive, it’s the whole package. They have smooth transmissions and comfortable interiors. The heated mirrors are a nice touch during early winter mornings.
“The trucks’ tight turning circles, due to their short wheelbases, are very helpful when maneuvering in and out of small spaces.”
Trash ‘N’ Stash has been a loyal Isuzu customer for many years, purchasing its first Isuzu truck in 1998.
“I joined the business when I was 20 years old and at the time we bought a second hand Isuzu FTR 850. It was a very reliable truck. We purchased our first new Isuzu, an FVD 950, following this in 2000. Since then we have continued purchasing Isuzus because we know the trucks are good,” Jon said.
“We have purchased all of our trucks from Ian Deacon at Ballarat Isuzu. We have developed a great relationship with Ian over the past ten years and he understands our requirements.
“Isuzu’s parts are competitively priced, which is also a bonus, and they can usually deliver to us the next day which helps to keep our trucks on the road.”