School children help name council bin lorries

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Mon 6th November 2023

‘Dan the Trash Can’ – that’s the name chosen for a council bin lorry by school children in Alfreton.

North East Derbyshire District Council (NEDDC) recently hosted a competition where the authority asked schools in the area to come up with names for their waste collection vehicles.

And pupils at Stretton Handley COE Primary School in Woolley Moor, Alfreton, were amongst those who got involved in the creative fun.

A spokesman at the council said: “A huge thank you to all the schools who took part in North East Derbyshire District Council’s recent bin lorry naming competition.

“Youngsters from six schools across the district wasted no time in coming up with names for the council’s new lower polluting, more efficient waste/recycling lorries.”

Here’s what the schools came up with:

Lenthall Infant School – Waste Wizard

Gorseybrigg Primary School – Humpty Dumpsty

Sharley Park Community Primary School – Trash Gordon

Immaculate Conception Catholic Primary School – Binderella

Stretton Handley COE Primary School – Dan the Trash Can

Marsh Lane Primary School – Peter Shredder

The NEDDC spokesman continued: “Once the children submitted the names, it was up to the Street Scene staff to decide on their favourites.

“The schools will all receive a £100 Amazon voucher each.

“As Gorseybrigg and Immaculate Conception also submitted the name Mission Bin-possible (which received the second highest number of votes of the competition), they will also share an additional £100 Amazon voucher – giving both schools £150 each.”

Councillor Steve Pickering, Cabinet Member for the Environment at NEDDC, said: “We have been really impressed with the creative names chosen by the children for our new refuse vehicles.

“During the recent Recycle Week, this was a great opportunity to highlight the importance of recycling and working together to take care of our environment.”

The council spokesman added: “We now have names for seven out of ten of our refuse vehicles, but with three left nameless, we are hoping to run the competition again in the new year for even more schools to have the chance of naming them.

“The names will be printed on the vehicle cabs, so see who you can spot doing the rounds near you.”

For more information about what you can and can’t recycle in North East Derbyshire, visit

Pictured is councillor Steve Pickering, NEDDC’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, with Stretton Handley COE Primary School.

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