Get voting! Food waste truck names shortlisted for public vote
Friday 18 June: Hillingdon Council is inviting residents to vote for their favourite names put forward by local primary schoolchildren for the council's new fleet of food waste trucks.
The competition which ran throughout May saw more than 250 entries from pupils across the borough giving the judges a tough job of shortlisting 15 finalists for a final vote by the public.
Voting is now open until Thursday 1 July. The five names with the highest votes will be printed onto the trucks.
The 15 names to vote on are Energetic Eric; Sir Recyclelot; Happy Scrappy; BioBob; Monster Muncher; R2 bin 2; Leftover Lilly; Munching Molly; The Green Gobbler; Foodie crew; The Raccoon; Snow Bite; Hungry Henry The Hillingdon Helper; Munchasaurus; and Scrappy Dappy Food
Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Housing and Regeneration, said:
"It's fantastic to see so many of our schoolchildren get involved and think about food waste, and I hope this competition will inspire them to recycle more and help to reduce the impact of climate change.
"There were so many fantastic entries and judging was tough but we have shortlisted finalists. Now it is down to everyone to vote for their favourites. I look forward to seeing which names are announced winners."
In May, the council introduced a separate food waste service to help increase the borough's recycling rates, with five brand-new trucks that 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 5-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. Thanks to the outdoor caddy's click locking mechanism, pests can't tear open bags. Residents can also sign up to receive automatic food waste bag deliveries from the council.
Once collected, Hillingdon's 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. Anearobic digestion also produces bio fuel which is used to power the trucks that transport the food waste from the plant in Surrey.