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The winners of the Torridge Vehicle Naming Competition, including Optimus Grime, are now on the road

Torridge District Council recently held a competition for residents to name four new Waste and Recycling vehicles. The competition was part of their recycling awareness campaign and received numerous creative and humorous entries.

Nikki Jarvis with Hoptimus Grime - Picture Credit: Torridge District Council

The winning names, chosen by Waste and Recycling supervisors and crews, were transformed into graphic designs and applied to the vehicles. The winning names and their submitters are as follows: Optimus Grime by Nikki Jarvis, Bindiana Jones by Joel Baker, Bagatha Christie by Lee Kerr, and The Grim Sweeper by Sadie Barnes. The chosen names have local connections and reflect the council's emphasis on the area.

Picture Credit: Torridge District Council

Torridge Councillor Chris Leather, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling said: "I would like to express my thanks to everyone who took part in the competition and send my congratulations to the four winners who can now proudly see their name suggestions emblazoned on the lorry cabs for all to see. The Waste and Recycling Team's task of selecting the four winners was daunting, given the sheer quality and quantity of name submissions. I am pleased to note that the campaign also raised awareness spotlighting the importance of recycling and reducing waste with big calendar events such as Halloween and Christmas just around the corner. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the crews for their dedication and commitment to delivering an exceptional service to the residents of Torridge, their hard work and efforts are greatly appreciated!”

The vehicles are now in service and residents are encouraged to keep an eye out for them in their towns and villages.

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