Manchester’s new electric bin lorries have been named by the public

Manchester's brand new electric bin lorries are set to hit the streets after being officially named by local residents.

The Manc The Manc - 9th March 2021

Manchester’s brand new electric bin lorries are all set to hit the streets after being named by local residents.

In February, Manchester City Council decided to celebrate the launch of their big yellow fleet of zero-emission vehicles by inviting Mancs to put forward suggestions for potential names.

The best monikers of the bunch were entered into polls on Twitter – with around 600 users voting for their favourite using the hashtag #mccBinLorryComp.

The competition is now closed and the names for Manchester’s bright-coloured bin lorries have been revealed as:

  • Sparkus Trashford
  • Usain Volt
  • Trashienda
  • Bin Diesel
  • Binspiral Carpets

St Peter’s Square played host to a showcase for the bin lorries earlier this week.


The rollout of the vehicles – which is being called the largest of its kind in the UK – has been held in association with waste management company Biffa, with attempts to make Manchester a zero-carbon city by 2038.

Manchester City Council’s Rabnawaz Akbar, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “While the naming competition has certainly sparked Manchester people’s imaginations, we hope they will take these vehicles to their hearts. 


“We’re proud that Manchester City Council has made the most significant investment of any council in emission-free refuse collection vehicles and that the waste and recycling service is playing its part in binning pollution.”

Michael Topham, Chief Executive at Biffa, commented: “We are proud to be launching the UK’s largest ever fleet of electric refuse collection vehicles and helping one of the UK’s top cities become greener.

“This latest development in Biffa’s longstanding partnership with Manchester City Council marks a significant step forward in supporting the city to halve its direct emissions by 2025 and we look forward to seeing these vehicles in action.”