12 April 2018 by Elizabeth Slow

National Refuse Championships sees boost in entrants

Vehicle manufacturers, local authorities and regional operators in the waste management sector are set to take part in this year’s National Refuse Championships (NRC), being held on 15 & 16 June at Weston-super-Mare beachfront.

The event, which raises money for The Alzheimer’s Society, has attracted 32 teams this year and features an additional exhibition/networking day on Friday 15 June.

32 teams have signed up to take part in the National Refuse Championships in June

There is a full seminar programme covering issues such as road risk reduction, vehicle safety, bin weighing and the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

Exhibitors include: vehicle manufacturers Dennis Eagle, DAF and NTM; national waste operators Biffa, Amey, Kier and Grundon; regional operators including Devon Contract Waste and Simply Waste; and local authorities such as Oxford City council, Aylesbury Vale district council, Aberdeenshire council and Swindon borough council.

‘Delighted’

Spencer Law, founder of the NRC said: “We’re delighted with the response from the industry. The event is gathering such momentum, which is fantastic news especially as we want to raise as much as we can for The Alzheimer’s Society. We have a great range of seminars and a wide range of exhibitors. There is something for everyone whether they are a driver, loader, supervisor or senior manager.

“The races are very entertaining, free to watch and it’s a family friendly event with entertainment for the kids, and food & drink stalls. Everyone is welcome.”

Laura Hewitt, community fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society said: “We’re very grateful to the National Refuse Championships for choosing Alzheimer’s Society as their supported Charity for a second year running. Over 850,000 people are currently living with dementia with someone developing it every three minutes; this is why Alzheimer’s Society are calling on people to come together to urgently find a cure, improve care, and offer help and understanding.

“It is only with the generous support of events such as this one that we can continue to create lasting change for people affected by dementia.”

On the evening of Friday 15 June there will be a pre-race fundraising reception with complimentary drinks sponsored by Dennis Eagle, a buffet, live music and a raffle of prizes. The races are sponsored by Indelease, a contract hire, asset finance and fleet management company.

Teams

There are 32 teams, and 160 drivers and loaders (men and women), taking part in the races on Saturday 16 June.

David Clark, transport manager, Aylesbury Vale district council, said: “Since winning the event last year there has been so much positivity across the crews and council departments, which is fantastic. It has been great for team-building. Our female crew members are keen to show that they can beat the men.”

The event starts on Friday 15 June with an exhibition and networking event, which includes speakers and seminars followed by an evening of entertainment. The refuse vehicle team races run on Saturday 16 June followed by a party with live music.

For more information or to enter contact the event organiser at tracy.standing@rvsl.co.uk or Tel: 07772 500 736.


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