Meet Trashosaurus and pals – the new food waste recycling trucks

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils set a challenge to primary school children in both districts to come up with a list of new names for the new food waste trucks. Residents then voted for their favourites.

After nearly four weeks and thousands of votes, the most popular name in South Oxfordshire was Trashosaurus. The name was put forward by a pupil at Manor School in Didcot.

There are a total of 12 new food waste trucks in need of a name, so the most popular six names in both districts will be given to the trucks. The new fleet was recently introduced to southern Oxfordshire by the councils’ waste contractor Biffa.

The top six names in South Oxfordshire are Trashosaurus, Garbage Gobbler, Green Bean Machine, Waste Warrior, Chomper Charlie and Trevor

The children who put forward those names have each won a swimming pass for our local leisure centres for their family, courtesy of GLL, the councils’ leisure centre contractor. Each child also scooped £150 book tokens for their school

Cllr Elizabeth Gillespie, South Oxfordshire cabinet member for housing and environment said “We were delighted and impressed by all the names put forward by the children and so it would appear were the residents of South Oxfordshire.

“We wanted to celebrate the new trucks and also make some fun while also highlighting the importance of food waste recycling.

“We would like to thank all those who took part in the vote and are very much looking forward to seeing Trashosaurus and friends on the streets of South Oxfordshire in the coming months.”

Everyone can recycle all cooked and uncooked food waste using the councils’ household collection service. Food waste is collected every week and taken to an anaerobic digestion plant near Wallingford to be recycled into gas for electricity and fertiliser for local farmland. During 2016/17, 10,024 tonnes of food waste was collected and sent for recycling in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse.


South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

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