People in Reading are being asked to name a council food waste truck

The fun competition is to raise awareness of food waste recycling in the town

Author: Jonathan RichardsPublished 1 hour ago

RESIDENTS are being given the chance to name Reading’s food waste collection trucks, with a fun competition. Reading’s six dedicated food waste collection vehicles have been taking away the considerable amount of over 2kg of food waste on average per participating household each week since food waste recycling started in the borough in February 2021. Now it is time for residents to put their thinking caps on to come up with some original names for them.

With Reading’s schoolchildren being given the opportunity to name five of them as part of an educational campaign about the benefits of food waste recycling, that leaves one truck for Reading’s adults to come up with a clever – but clean! – name for. All you need to do is go online at and enter your details and name suggestion. Entries close on Friday 1 July with the winners notified by Friday 8 July.

The winning name will be chosen by Karen Rowland, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Environmental Services and Community Safety, and printed on the vehicle for the whole of Reading to see.

Cllr Karen Rowland, Reading’s Lead Member for Environmental Services and Community Safety, said:

“This is a fun way to reward those residents who have really taken to food waste recycling by letting them get creative to name the trucks they see on the street supporting their recycling efforts. By engaging with the scheme since it was introduced last year, residents have helped stop food waste going to landfill where it rots and releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Instead participants have so far helped to divert over 7,600 tonnes of food waste to be recycled, which is being turned into fertiliser for farming, and electricity to power homes.”

The food waste scheme has added to the range of recycling options available in Reading, including mixed recycling, new free bulky waste collections, garden waste subscriptions, the re3 recycling centre in Island Road and many bottle and textile banks around the Borough.

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