Denbighshire County Council is taking delivery of 21 new recycling vehicles, including three electric vehicles, and it wants the county’s school children to name them.

The competition is running from 4 September until 30 September and Denbighshire school children are invited to submit their creative names for the recycling lorries in either Welsh or English.  There are four categories:

  • Years 1-2
  • Years 3-6
  • Years 7-9
  • Special merit category for children and young people with special educational needs

The winning names will be printed onto the new vehicles, and pupils will have the opportunity to be photographed with the vehicle they named.

The new fleet has been bought to replace the old fleet and is part of a range of measures the Council is taking to reach the county’s recycling target of 70%.


Councillor Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport said, “Denbighshire County Council declared a climate and ecological emergency in 2019 and aims to beceome a net carbon zero Council by 2030. The new electric recycling vehicles is one way the Council is tackling this goal.

“Children in our county are already switched on to the environemntal crisis, and getting to grips with the current situation is crucial for their future.  We now want their help to name the new fleet which will be much better than our old vehicles in terms of reducing emissions on our county’s roads.

“We want to see really creative names in both Welsh and English, and we look forward to the judging process in October.”


A spokesperson from Terberg Matec said, “We wholeheartedly support Denbighshire in the fantastic vehicle naming competition, an initiative that resonates deeply with our commitment to community engagement and sustainable solutions.

“Terberg Matec UK are delighted to have recently secured the order for one of the largest fleet renewals in North Wales over the past two years. This accomplishment is a testament to our dedication to delivering innovative and reliable waste management vehicles to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of local operations.

“The vehicle naming competition reflects our shared values in fostering community participation and environmental consciousness. It showcases our mutual dedication to creating positive impacts beyond the mere functionality of refuse collection vehicles.”


Schools can enter as many names as they wish, and individual entries must be submitted via the online form on