Imperial Commercials and DAF have been announced as the headline sponsors for the eagerly awaited National Refuse Championships 2019.
The charity event, which takes place from 14-15 June at the Beach Lawns, Weston-super-Mare, brings together waste and recycling collection crews from across the UK to take part a series of races.
In 2018, the event raised over £21,000 for Alzheimer’s Society and the aim is to beat that total this year, the organisers say.
Spencer Law, founder of the National Refuse Championships, said: “We are very grateful to Imperial Commercials and DAF for sponsoring the event. We rely heavily on support from our colleagues in the waste management sector to ensure that we can raise the maximum for the Alzheimer’s Society.”
Up to 32 teams from private waste companies and local authorities across the UK will take part in the races which take place on 15 June.
According to the organisers, teams of five will race, two at a time, against the clock to load large wheelie bins with sandbags and push them 50m to empty into awaiting refuse vehicles. This process is repeated numerous times as the trucks move forwards in 50m stages until they reach the finish line. There are heats throughout the day culminating in a semi-final and final to determine the winners and runners-up.
Teams signed up so far include last year’s winners Grist Environmental and runners up Biffa Weston and Cartwrights, plus Amey, Grundon, Faun, Dennis Eagle, Biffa Municipal, Cawleys, Bristol Waste Company, Devon Contract Waste, Pirtek, VWS, Redditch District Council and Imperial Commercials.
The winning team will receive £3,000 worth of Center Parcs vouchers; first place runners up will receive £1,250 of Buy-A-Gift vouchers and second place runners up £1,000 of Buy-A-Gift vouchers.
On Friday 14 June the organisers are hosting a DECK day (demonstrations, education, careers and knowledge), with live product and vehicle demonstrations including bin-weighing, cyclist safety and alternative fuels. Keynote speakers include Cynthia Barlow OBE, Chair of Road Peace – a national charity for road crash victims – who is particularly active regarding the dangers of HGVs to cyclists and vulnerable road users.
Alan Ellison, commercial director, Imperial Commercials, said: “An event that brings people together from the waste sector to share knowledge and talk about good ideas is something that we are pleased to support.”
“An event that brings people together from the waste sector to share knowledge and talk about good ideas is something that we are pleased to support.”Alan Ellison
“As one of the only National Commercial Vehicle Dealer groups in the UK, events like the NRC give us an opportunity to network across a wide audience and build long term relationships.”
David Price, municipal and direct sales manager, DAF Trucks UK, said: “DAF and Imperial are delighted to be able to support this very popular event which gives everyone an opportunity to have some fun. It is an opportunity to cement relationships with potential, and existing, customers and suppliers in a more relaxed environment.”
Members of the public are welcome to attend the event and there are food stalls, a Cider Bar, live music from The Free Spirit Band and a Kids Zone with Fun Fair rides.