The organisers of the National Refuse Championships have called for people in the recycling industry to sign up for this year’s event, and have emphasised their desire for more women to take part.
Sponsored by City West Commercials, the 2020 National Refuse Championships will be held in Weston-super-Mare on 13 June.
The annual charity event, which is to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, sees local authorities, vehicle and equipment manufacturers and private waste collection companies race up and down the seaside town’s beach lawns.
It first took place in the late 1980s, when it was known as the World Refuse Championships. It has since been reinvented by Spencer Law, managing director of vehicle maintenance firm Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) .
Paul Ridout, sales director of City West Commercials, said: “City West are proud to be headline sponsors and have been longstanding supporters of RVS, and we are delighted to support such a great charity as the Alzheimer’s Society.”
He added: “Our trucks participating in the event are industry-leading and offer decisively better safety with their unique DirectVision cab, so let’s see if that helps the racing!”
This year, the event is looking to have 32 teams of five take part in the day’s various events. Teams can comprise drivers, loaders and workshop and office staff, and organisers are encouraging more female teams to enter.
“It’s a fun way to celebrate the valuable work done by refuse collection crews”
The winning team will be presented with a trophy and £3000 of Centre Parcs vouchers.
First placed runners will receive with £1250 of Buy-A-Gift vouchers and those in second place are to receive £1000 of Buy-A-Gift vouchers.
Mr Law said: “We wanted to recreate the event because it was really popular and it’s a fun way to celebrate the valuable work done by refuse collection crews.
“The event brings people together from all corners of the waste industry and it’s a great opportunity for organisations to do some team building, because everyone, regardless of their job, can join in.
“We managed to raise over £21000 for the Alzheimer’s Society last year and hopefully we’ll beat that this year.”
Wiltshire-based Grist Environmental has claimed the title for the past two years.
Marcus Grist, events director at Grist Environmental and the team’s captain and driver, said: “It was a great day and the sportsmanship between the teams was fantastic.
“We love the event and we’ve never been beaten over the line, although we did come second one year due to penalties.
“Our families had a superb time and the Alzheimer’s Society is a great charity.”
Anyone interested in entering a team can sign up here www.nationalrefusechampionships.co.uk.
The day is free for spectators and there will be food stalls, fun fair rides and a Kids Zone.