Winning names chosen for food waste trucks
Friday 16 July: A public vote organised by Hillingdon Council has determined the names of it's new fleet of food waste trucks - with 3,808 people voting on their favourite names put forward by primary school children.
The competition, which launched in June, coincided with the introduction of a separate food waste collection service and saw primary school children invited to submit fun and creative names for the trucks. With more than 300 entries, the judges took on the tough job of shortlisting only 15 entries for a final vote by the public. The judging panel included the Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Roy Chamdal; Cllr Eddie Lavery, and the council's waste services team.
The following names were voted winners:
- Scrappy Dappy Food - Lucy, 7
- The Green Gobbler - Barney, 7
- Sir Recyclelot - Annabel, 6
- R2 Bin 2 - Isaac, 5
- Happy Scrappy - Eva, 6
Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Housing and Regeneration, said: "It's fantastic to get children engaged and thinking about recycling, and I was delighted to see hundreds of entries.
"Thank you to the thousands of people who voted, and huge congratulations to our winners. I look forward to seeing the trucks on their rounds, with their new names printed on. I hope that it encourages young people to champion recycling and inspire their friends and family to recycle more and help protect the environment."
In May, the council introduced a separate food waste collection service to help increase the borough's recycling rates, with five brand-new trucks that have since been doing their rounds across the borough. Previously, food and garden waste were collected at the same time by the same vehicle.
Recycling food waste is easy and free for residents - all you need is a five-litre kitchen caddy, compostable bags and an outdoor caddy. These are supplied for free when you sign up for this service on the council's website - www.hillingdon.gov.uk/food-waste. Residents can also sign up to receive automatic food waste bag deliveries from the council.
Once collected, food waste is transported in bulk to Surrey for recycling via a process called anaerobic digestion. Here it's broken down to generate electricity, which helps supply homes and businesses with clean, renewable energy. The process also produces high-quality fertiliser for agriculture. Anaerobic digestion also produces biofuel, which is used to power the trucks that transport the food waste from the plant in Surrey.