Food waste trucks fabulously named Munching Molly and Trashosaurus made special stops to two primary schools to visit pupils who came up with their names.
Children at John Blandy School in Southmoor and Manor School in Didcot were delighted to see the trucks with their suggested names printed on the side and front.
The trucks are part of a fleet of 12 which were named by public vote after South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils challenged primary school children in both districts to come up with a list of suggestions.
Trashosaurus – suggested by George Hopkins in Year 5 at Manor School – was voted most popular in South Oxfordshire, and Munching Molly – put forward by a Year 1 pupil at John Blandy School – came out top in the Vale.
The children who put forward these names each won a family swimming pass for the council-run leisure centre near them and £150 of book tokens for their school.
The naming challenge was set to celebrate the introduction of the new food waste trucks by the councils’ contractors Biffa.
Residents will now see the trucks, with their names printed on, out and about collecting food waste across the two districts.
Cllr Caroline Newton, SODC cabinet member for housing and environment, visited Manor School and met Trashosaurus along with winner George and his class.
She said: “It has been wonderful to visit the Manor School and see the children’s reaction to the lorry with the name Trashosaurus printed on.
“They had lots of questions about the trucks and food waste recycling, and were clearly very excited to see the truck named.
“This whole initiative has been a great way of spreading the recycling message and raising awareness about food waste recycling and why it’s so important for people to do this.”
Cllr Elaine Ware, the Vale’s counterpart, added: “It’s fabulous for the children to get to see the names printed on the trucks and they deserve to feel proud.”
During 2017/18 the food waste trucks in the two districts collected more than 10 tonnes of food waste.