Posted on: Monday 3 October 2022
Torfaen Council is taking delivery of 19 new recycling vehicles over the next few months, and we want school children to name them.
The new fleet has been purchased to replace the old ageing fleet, and are part of a range of initiatives to help the Council reach the 2024 recycling target of 70 percent.
To celebrate the trucks’ arrival, we’re giving primary school children the chance to name a vehicle.
We are looking for names that promote the Reduce, Recycle and Reuse message or Wales’ net zero carbon target.
The 19 winning pupils will receive a £15 Smyth voucher. There will also be a prize for their classmates.
Winning names will be printed on the doors of the new vehicles, and pupils will have the opportunity to have a photograph taken with the vehicle they named.
Children must submit their entries via their primary schools and the winners will be chosen by a judging panel.
Schools can enter as many names as they wish, but a maximum of two winning names will be selected from individual schools.
The competition opens on Monday 3 October and entries must be submitted by 4pm on Friday 28 October.
Earlier this year, Torfaen Council ran a competition to name the borough’s first electric vehicle refuse trucks.
BERT (Best Electric Refuse Truck) was created by Year 2 pupil, Ruby Cording, from Ponthir Church in Wales Primary School, and TREVOR (Torfaen Refuse Electric Vehicle On Route) by a pupil at Henllys Church In Wales School.
Councillor Mandy Owen, Executive Member for the Environment, said: “We had more than 100 entries for the competition to name the two electric waste trucks and we are hoping for even more this time.
“There’s more opportunity to be picked as a winner this time, so get your thinking caps on.”
Matt Patandan, UK Sales Manager, Romaquip, said: “We are extremely proud to be supplying Torfaen County Borough Council with their new fleet of Kerb-Sort recycling vehicles, and we are looking forward to working in partnership with the authority over the next 10 years.
“We are also delighted to be involved in the local schools competition and can’t wait to see the new fleet all named and out working on the streets of Torfaen.
“The naming ceremony is a fabulous initiative and involving all the local schools is sure to prove very popular as it engages with the next generation of recyclers. We are looking forward to meeting with all the youngsters over the coming months.”
Find out more about recycling and waste in Torfaen.
Find out more about how the Council is responding to our climate change and nature emergency declaration.