Picture from teh National Recycling Championships of binmen racing with a wheelie bin to empty it in the refuse collection wehicle

National Refuse Championships declared a huge success

Published:  04 July, 2017

Hundreds of people turned out at Weston-super-Mare seafront on 10 June to watch crews from across the UK compete in the National Refuse Championships and raise money for charity. 

Seventeen teams took part in the championships representing companies and local authorities including Biffa, Amey, Simply Waste, Kier, Aspect solutions, Hills Waste, Devon Contract Waste, Swindon Borough Council, Weir Waste, Pirtek, Equinox Recycling, Grist Environmental, FCS Cleaning and Cartwright Skips. Staff from Gullivers Truck Hire and Dennis Eagle also took part in a fun run.

Each team consisted of five people, including one driver, working in pairs and taking turns to run, load wheelie bins (240 litre and 1100 litre) with stones and push them 50 metres before emptying them into an awaiting refuse vehicle.

The winner of the event was Aylesbury Vale District Council and together, the teams raised more than £12,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Spencer Law, founder of the new National Refuse Championships and managing director of Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS), said: ‘It was a fantastic weekend of fun and we drew a big crowd.

‘We are already planning next year’s event and I hope it will become a regular fixture on the waste management calendar!'

The winning team members from Aylesbury Vale were driver Ed Bolton and loaders Dan, Dan, Ashton and Tiago who each won a £600 Center Parcs voucher. Second place team members won £250 of Buy a Gift vouchers and third place participants received £200 of Spa Day vouchers.

Ed Bolton said: ‘All the teams were excellent and I can’t believe we won. We’re already looking forward to coming back next year to defend our title as reigning champions.’

Formerly known as the World Refuse Championships, this charity event last took place in 1995. Sponsors included Epic Media, NTM, Boughton, Gullivers Truck Hire and Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS) led by headline sponsors, Dennis Eagle.

Richard Taylor, Sales & Marketing Director, Dennis Eagle: “When we supported the contest in 1994 it was clear how passionate the nation’s bin men and women are about their job and the work they do. It is great to have such a popular event back on the waste management calendar. We look forward to the National Refuse Championships 2018 and we encourage people in the industry to show their support.”

Organisers have confirmed that the event will go ahead next year on June 15 & 16.

Picture of the winning Aylesbury Vale crew with organiser Spencer Law (right)

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