SUNDERLAND CITY COUNCIL has taken delivery of ten new recycling vehicles, and is asking for the help of local youngsters to name them. 

The new vehicles have been purchased to update the fleet, and will offer a better service to residents and the environment.

Sunderland City Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Amy Wilson said: “All of our new vehicles have a split-back recycling facility, meaning that we can now separate the paper from the rest of the recycling in every vehicle. 

” Paper has the most value of the recyclable materials, and it’s important that it is kept separate and dry.”

The vehicles are also all fitted with in-cab technology, which allows crews to update a central system while on their routes, keeping track of missed bins and contamination issues.

Cllr Wilson added: “We know that young people play a big part in recycling at home, and influence others to recycle, so we’re inviting all Sunderland primary schools to submit their ideas for names for our new vehicles. 

“The winning schools will ‘adopt’ their vehicle and it will be branded with their winning names. We’ll also be continuing our work with recycling roadshows in schools, raising awareness of how easy it is to recycle, and what goes in the blue bin.”

All primary schools will be sent information on how to enter the competition.

For more information on recycling in Sunderland, go to www.sunderland.gov.uk/bluebin

PROMOTING RECYCLING; Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Amy Wilson, with some of the new recycling vehicles.