Just imagine it – city officials ask the public to come up with a new name for the department of waste management services, creating the chance of a lifetime for you to show off your witty wordplay in a public forum.
The people in Texas' capital city, determined to keep Austin weird, seized upon a recent opportunity, when the city's Solid Waste Services set up an online poll soliciting suggestions. It sought a new name that better reflects the variety of services it provides, including – but not limited to – recycling, garbage collection, yard trimmings pick-up, litter abatement, household hazardous waste disposal, storm debris clean-up and community outreach.
In poured the clever acronyms (FLOATER = The Dept of Filth, Litter, Outreach, Abatement, Trimmings, Education and Recycling), terse political statements (How much will this cost the taxpayers?), inside jokes (Leslie's Shopping Cart), self-references (Hippy Scum) and perfectly reasonable suggestions (Solid Waste Services Department). But it was a tribute to the lead singer of rock band Limp Bizkit that captured the most hearts and minds – by more than 25,000 votes.
"Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts" was the top pick with 29,796 votes as of Thursday, when voting closed, followed by "Department of Neat and Clean" with 2,069 votes. "Ministry of Filth" was the third and final suggestion to come in with more than 1,000 votes, ahead of "Hufflepuff," which drew 529 yeas.
The tattooed, baseball cap-wearing rocker also seized upon the nod, tweeting his appreciation: "I want to thank all of you who are helping me in Austin. I hope we win."
The city is not obligated to choose any of the suggested names, a city spokeswoman told the Austin-American Statesman newspaper. The new name will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.