BANANA-munch Bob, Green Gretil and Food Waste Fin are just some of the names schoolchildren have suggested for a fleet of new food waste recycling trucks.

Now residents are being asked by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to choose their top three out of ten names whittled down from dozens thought up by local children.

The most popular will be printed onto the two districts’ new food waste trucks and they will be seen out and about on the roads carrying out weekly food waste collections.

The children whose suggested name gets the most votes in South Oxfordshire and Vale will scoop £150 book tokens for their school and a swimming pass for their family.

Councillor Tony Harbour, South Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet member for waste and recycling, said: “The food waste trucks are brand new and we wanted to do something to celebrate this while having a bit of fun too.

"Getting school children involved in the names has been a great way to help spread the recycling message. We’re really impressed with all the suggestions and hope residents will support them by voting.”

Councillor Elaine Ware, Vale of White Horse District Council’s Cabinet member for waste and recycling, added: “We’re obviously keen to promote recycling as much as we can and food waste plays an important role in this.

"These trucks are out and about every day and it’ll be a great reward for the children to see the names on them as they pass by. We knew we could rely on the children to come up with some great names and they’ve not disappointed.”

Vote for your favourite names for South Oxfordshire here and Vale here, the competition will close on Friday February, 16.