Picture of a child's drawing of the RCV named Trash Gordon, as pictured on the driver's door of the vehicle itself

Trash Gordon and his pals hit to streets in Thurrock

Published:  24 July, 2018

Trash Gordon, Binnie Jones, Mission Bin Possible and Mr Dumpy McDumphead are just four of the names children in Thurrock have come up with after being invited to name the new fleet Dennis Eagle RCVs by the local council.

The 28 RCVs came complete with Terberg OmniDEL Xtra bin lifts to replace Thurrock Council’s ageing fleet.

To mark their arrival, the Council invited local primary school children to enter a competition to name them, with some very creative results.

Schools in the area were provided with pictures of a bin lorry to colour in and asked to suggest an imaginative and appropriate name.

More than 950 entries were received and the children whose names were selected for the vehicles were each presented with a prize, which included a copy of the ‘Dennis the Dustcart’ book, along with a pencil case and crayons.

Portfolio holder for environment, councillor Aaron Watkins, said: ‘The competition was a great way to share the importance of recycling, waste disposal and the need to look after our environment with pupils.

‘All entries were judged by members of the Waste and Recycling team. The winning names feature on the front of the vehicles and the children’s drawings appear on the driver’s door. We are also visiting participating schools with the relevant vehicles so winning pupils and their classmates can see the trucks they named with the artwork on the door.’

Bob Tottey, regional sales manager at Dennis Eagle, said: ‘It’s always nice when our customers do something a little bit different to mark the arrival of their new vehicles. As well as helping to raise awareness of the Council’s investment in collection services with local residents, this initiative has proved successful in educating pupils about the environmental benefits of recycling more.

‘We would like to congratulate the winners on their creative choice of names, and hope the vehicles will continue to serve the community in Thurrock for many years to come.’

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