Winners for food waste vehicle naming competition announced by West Berkshire Council!
West Berkshire Council have released the winning names of their new food waste vehicles ahead of the launch of their new separate weekly food waste collection service on 31 October 2022.
Over 100 entries were received from local primary school children through a competition we held in September.
Our judging panel had the hard task of whittling down the creative entries and we are pleased to announce the winning names for the 8 vehicles are (in no particular order):
1. The Hungry Recycler
2. Composter Clemmie
3. Sir Andy Curry
4. Betty Banana
5. Food Feaster 2.0
6. Garbage Gobbler
8. Eva Egg Shell
Congratulations to the 8 lucky winners who will be receiving their prizes very soon. This includes book tokens, family swim passes and book tokens for the winning schools.
The competition was part of a campaign to help launch the new separate weekly food waste service which is starting on 31 October for kerbside collections and on 28 November for residents who have shared bins kept in a communal bin store area.
Cllr Steve Ardagh-Walter, Executive Member for Environment and Waste at West Berkshire Council, said:
"It's great to have had the help of primary school children across West Berkshire in naming our new food waste vehicles.
"We had some brilliant names submitted and it was hard to choose the winners but more importantly, this competition has helped raise awareness about the importance of food waste recycling amongst younger people.
"We are looking forward to the new service starting on 31 October and making food waste recycling easier and available to all residents."
Sara Perry, General Manager for Veolia West Berkshire said:
"A huge well done to all of the schools that entered! We are thrilled that our new vehicles, which will do a huge job each week of saving residents food waste from going into the general waste bin, will now have names that residents can look out for when they are on their rounds.
"Most importantly, the competition has helped raise awareness about the importance of food waste recycling amongst our younger generation who will hopefully get more involved with the scheme going forward.
"Keep an eye out for the trucks from the end of October."
Analysis has shown that on average over 25% of the current black bins for general waste are made up of food waste. Therefore we are making changes to the way your food waste is collected so that it is collected weekly from a smaller, more secure container to encourage everyone to recycle food waste for a greener West Berkshire.
Separate food waste collections will take place weekly on the same day as your black bin and recycling collections and you will be able to recycle the same types of food waste as our current food waste collection service. Please make sure only to use compostable liners if you choose to use one.
We hope that residents will enjoy seeing the named vehicles visiting weekly to collect food waste. For more information on the new service please visit: www.westberks.gov.uk/foodwaste.