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Name the new waste vehicles

Published Monday 9 October, 2023
Last updated on Monday 9 October, 2023

People are being invited to help name Swales’ new fleet of waste collection and street sweeper vehicles.

Swale Borough Council wants people to get creative and help name 24 new waste collection vehicles and four new street cleansing vehicles that will be working across the borough from March.

The vehicles are currently being built as part of the new waste and street cleansing contract with SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd.

This brand-new fleet will help the council deliver improved waste collections and street cleansing services across the borough in a more environmentally friendly way.

They will continue to collect general waste and recycling on alternate weeks, as well as collecting food waste separately every week, which is required by law.

These new vehicles will ensure the council have the capacity for all residents of Swale to recycle their food waste, every week.

Some vehicles will also be dedicated to the garden waste subscription service.

The contract begins on 25 March 2024 and will make use of the latest technology such as these new vehicles.

Cllr Rich Lehmann, chair of the Environment Committee, said:

“These new vehicles will massively boost our ability to provide the crucial waste services that the Borough needs.

“This is one of the many improvements coming to our waste disposal services thanks to the new contract with SUEZ.

“They will replace the old fleet with new, more environmentally friendly vehicles to provide a more reliable and greener collection service.

“We want to get residents involved by asking for help to name the lorries that will be driving through their streets every week.

“It is a great opportunity for you to be creative and we’re hoping to get better suggestions than “Binny McBinface”!

“Please share your ideas with us via social media or by using the dedicated email address. We can’t wait to see all of your suggestions!”

You will be able to leave your suggested names in the comments of the Councils posts on our Facebook, or by emailing your ideas to

The campaign will be running from 9 October until 31 October.

The council will then create a shortlist of the best ideas which will allow the public to vote for their favourites.

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