16 May 2019 by Elizabeth Slow

Last chance to enter into Weston refuse races

Waste management teams are being reminded not to miss out on their chance to register for the annual National Refuse Championships in Weston-Super-Mare, which is taking place next month.

There are still a few places left for the family-run event which raises money for the Alzheimer’s Society, sponsored by Imperial Commercials and DAF, on Saturday 15 June.

The 2018 winning team from Grist Enviromental, with Cllr David Jolly, chair of North Somerset council and Norris, the NRC mascot


The event brings together waste collection crews and management from private and public sector organisations across the UK to take part in a series of races. A maximum of 32 teams can take part.

As part of the challenge, teams of five race against the clock, two teams at a time, loading large wheelie bins with sand and pushing them 50m to empty into awaiting refuse vehicles. The process is repeated multiple times as the trucks move forwards in 50m stages until the final race to the finish line.

The winning team will be crowned the National Refuse Champions 2019, presented with a trophy and 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.

The event, which takes place at the Beach Lawns, Weston-super-Mare, features food stalls, live music, fun fair rides, a kids zone and a cider bar. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society and the aim is to beat last year’s total of £21,000.


Rachel Wright, community fundraiser at Alzheimer’s Society said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the organisers have chosen to unite with Alzheimer’s Society for the third year running. Last year they raised over £21,000. Every pound raised this year will help Alzheimer’s Society provide vital information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by the condition.”

Races in action at Weston-Super-Mare

The reigning champions are Grist Environmental and they will be defending their title this year. Local team, Biffa Weston who were first place runners-up last year are also returning and keen to take the crown.

On Friday 14 June the organisers are hosting a DECK day (Demonstrations, Education, Careers and Knowledge), with live product and vehicle demonstrations including the latest refuse vehicle technology, 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.

Anyone wishing to sign up a team for the races should contact Event Organiser, Tracy Standing at tracy.standing@rvsl.co.uk.

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