A new bin lorry in Stafford is to be named ‘Florence’ by pupils of an award winning local school.
Earlier this year Stafford Borough Council announced that Gordon Banks would be the first person to have one of their bin wagons named after him – a move that was said to have bought a smile to the legendary England and Stoke goalkeeper’s family.
Now a second new lorry, purchased as part of the council’s waste and recycling service, will be called Florence.
Children from Burton Manor Primary School chose the name from a list of inspirational historical figures – including Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie and Emmeline Pankhurst.
Teacher and leader of The Tree Tribe, Sarah McDonald, said: “This was a super opportunity and the children loved getting involved. They are looking forward to seeing Florence for the first time.
“The Tree Tribe has worked hard to raise awareness in school and the local community about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. The children spent some time considering the name and decided that, having learnt about her in Key Stage One, Florence Nightingale represented a helping hand in the community.”
The school’s Tree Tribe Club were winners in the ‘Youth and Education’ category at the Borough Council’s Community Awards for their involvement with several eco projects within the school and local area.
Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said: “I was at the Community Awards evening where Burton Manor Primary were successful in their category and it was inspiring to hear how much these young people were doing to help our environment.
“So I am really pleased the children were given the chance to make a little bit of their own local history by choosing a name for our new household waste vehicle. And what an inspirational choice it is.”
The lorries collect around 54,000 tonnes of recycling and waste from 59,000 homes across the borough. Latest figures suggest residents recycle around 52% of what they throw out.
More information on the service at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/binday
Press Release No 5542