Published: Wed 10th February, 2021
From Gary Bineker to Trash Bandicoot, names for a new fleet of refuse and recycling vehicles in Charnwood have been revealed.
Charnwood Borough Council put a call out to young residents last year to help name its new bin lorries and road sweepers.
The first vehicle was named Florence last summer, in tribute to the NHS and all the frontline key workers who have been supporting the public during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Council had planned on revealing the winners last year but unfortunately due to the ongoing pandemic, the competition was delayed.
The winning names will be added to the refuse and recycling vehicles later this year.
Over 150 entries were received, and the judging panel found it tough to shortlist the final 24 names.
Staff members at the Council were also asked to submit entries to help name one of the new lorries. The winning name was Ken Carson, president of the Loughborough Royal British Legion.
Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, lead member for community support and equalities said: “The judging panel were overwhelmed by the amount of entries for our Name That Wagon competition and had a good giggle while reading through them all too! We have some very creative and clever youngsters in Charnwood! There were so many fantastic entries and it was incredibly difficult to whittle it down to our final 24 names.
“We’re pleased we’ve finally been able to notify our lucky winners and unveil the names to the public. I hope our winners will enjoy looking out for their lorries as they collect refuse and recycling across the borough.
“Thank you again to everyone for taking part!”
The Council has contacted the winners and each one will receive a certificate and small goody bag containing recycling information over the next few weeks.
Jude Walne, a big Leicester City fan from Mountsorrel was delighted when he found out his entry Gary Bineker was chosen, he said “Gary Lineker is one of the club’s legends and it was a play on words. I’m excited my name suggestion was chosen and can’t wait to see it on one of the lorries.”
Evie Clark from Thurmaston suggested the name Trash Bandicoot for one of the lorries and was thrilled to find out her suggestion had won, she said: “I enjoy seeing the bin men and bin lorries and always give them a wave. I can’t wait to spot Trash Bandicoot collecting rubbish and recycling.”
The current fleet of bin lorries collects all refuse and recycling from the borough’s 75,000 homes as well as serving more than 30,000 customers of the Council’s garden waste service.
The vehicles empty household bins around five million times a year.
The full list of winning names are:
- Bindiana Jones
- Chitty Chitty Bin Bin
- Garbage Goblin
- Gary Bineker
- Grass Gobbler
- Greta Garbage
- Ken Carson - Loughborough Royal British Legion
- Mick Wright
- Mr Bull's Bin Lorry
- Rainbow Runner
- Rosie Recycler
- Rubbish Buster
- The Chomper
- Trash Bandicoot
- Trash Gordon
- Clean Machine
- Lightning McClean
- Sooty, Sweep and Sue