Resident Adrian Jack receives a certificate from Lead Councillor for Environmental Services and Community Safety Karen Rowland alongside the truck he named Ricky Gerwaste

What are Reading’s food waste trucks named, aside from Ricky Gerwaste? Full list of names revealed

  • Names revealed for Reading's six food waste trucks
  • Ricky Gervais landed the scoop of revealing the first one, Ricky Gerwaste, on social media
  • Reading's food waste trucks collect on average over 2kg of food waste each week from participating households
  • Recycled food waste is turned into fertiliser for farming, and electricity to power homes

READING Borough Council can finally reveal the names chosen for its six food waste collection vehicles – two weeks after Reading boy Ricky Gervais broke the news of one of the names online.

Gervais, born in Reading, tweeted “Is there any greater honour than your hometown naming a garbage truck after you?” alongside a picture of one of the trucks with “Ricky Gerwaste” now emblazoned on it.

Ricky Gervais breaks the news of the naming of one of Reading's food waste trucks

Adrian Jack from Caversham, who submitted the entry Ricky Gerwaste, couldn’t believe the attention his suggestion had attracted. It included news article on the NME website and Ladbible and saw Ricky’s tweet receive 111,000 likes. Adrian, who visited the Council’s Bennet Road depot last week with his family to see the truck, said:

“I was looking for a pun on Ricky’s name because he is local. I saw the post tweeted before I’d been told I’d won, and it was really cool to see other celebrities liking the post. We recycle all our food waste so it was exciting to win”.

Aside from that one truck naming open to adult residents, Reading’s schoolchildren were given the honour of naming the other five food waste trucks, which have now had the names printed on them. Collecting over 2kg of food waste per participating household around the borough we now have:

  • Waster Taster (suggested by Beau from Churchend Primary School)
  • Hungry Hippo (suggested by Lily Cozens from Thameside Primary School)
  • Trashosaurus (suggested by Brock Briese from Alfred Sutton Primary School)
  • The Bindalorian (suggested by Harriet Mallett-Plummer from St Joseph’s College)
  • Bin Truck McBinFace (suggested by Holly Curtayne from Highdown Secondary School)
  • And of course Ricky Gerwaste

Reading Borough Council’s Recycling & Enforcement Team visited Churchend Primary School on Monday to give Beau from the Reception class a certificate for his winning entry. The team hopes to visit all the winners at their schools in September to show them the personalised trucks.

Reception student Beau receives a certificate for winning entry Waster Taster

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

“We’re delighted that our trucks, which do such a sterling job each week of saving residents’ food waste from going to landfill, have now got names to give them some personality. I’m pleased Ricky Gervais is excited by the honour of having a truck named after him – we’ll happily show him his truck in person if he’d like to come home for a visit.

“It was great to meet Adrian Jack and his family who invented the catchy name. Ricky’s tweet certainly helped give our valuable food waste recycling programme the spike of attention that it deserves, as our residents are doing a sterling job in getting on board with the programme, but maybe he’s garnered a few more converts to our efforts with food recycling.  Thanks for the attention, Ricky!

“Importantly, the naming competition has helped raise awareness about the importance of food waste recycling amongst younger people who will hopefully get more involved with the scheme going forward.

“Keep an eye out for the trucks and see how long it takes to spot all six – never mind Pokemon Go, try Reading Food Waste Truck Bingo!”