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Bin Lorry Naming Competition - winners announced

Perth and Kinross primary school pupils have turned trash into treasure after winning a competition to name new bin lorries. Perth & Kinross Council purchased eight new bin lorries for their fleet at Perth, Crieff and Blairgowrie earlier this year and primary school pupils were asked to come up with potential names for each vehicle.

Almost 500 pupils entered the competition, with the winning names inspired by everything from dinosaurs to Hollywood.

The eight winners are attending Naming Ceremonies at recycling centres (27 October, 28 October and 1 November) where they will get the chance to "meet" the bin lorry they named and collect their zero waste prize of an Amazon Voucher, a mug featuring a picture of the bin lorry and their chosen name plus a framed certificate.

Mark Butterworth, Perth & Kinross Council's Head of Environmental and Consumer Services, said: "We received nearly 500 entries to this competition, but we have chosen eight names that brought a smile to the Judging Panel's faces.

"The winning names are Trashosaurus, Binvader, The TER-BIN-ATOR, Leven No Rubbish, Garbage Patrol, Bindiana Jones, Chitty Chitty Bin Bin and Forest Dump." 

"Each of Perth & Kinross Council's bin lorries travel an average of 16,000 miles a year and are used for six years before being 'retired' and only used as spares when needed.  

"These new lorries hopefully result in fewer breakdowns and are helping to reduce the servicing burden on PKC's fleet as well as minimising the number of bin routes that were previously not being completed on the scheduled uplift days." 

PKC's Head of Innovation, Charlene Guild, added: "We first discussed this competition just before lockdown hit and it is lovely to see pupils from schools across the Council area taking part and providing some light relief to Covid-19.

"The winning names are each featured on a sticker on the driver's door of the new bin lorries, so they will raise a giggle each time the crews jump aboard."

To find out more about waste and recycling in Perth and Kinross, please visit our bins and recycling pages, email recycle@pkc.gov.uk, contact us via my.pkc.gov.uk or telephone the Council's Customer Service Centre on 01738 476476.