The National Refuse Championships will take place at Weston-super-Mare seafront on Saturday 10 June to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Over 15 teams have already signed up, including Biffa, Amey, Hills, Devon Contract Waste, Simply Waste, ASL Environmental, Weir Waste, Equinox Recycling and Cartwright Skips. Sponsors, lead by Dennis Eagle, include Epic Media, NTM, Boughton, Gullivers Truck Hire, and Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS).
The event will feature fairground rides, a bouncy castle and food and drink for participants and their friends and families. There will also be live music provided by The Wurzels, and tribute acts including Tom Jones, Elvis and Rod Stewart.
Spencer Law from Refuse Vehicle Solutions decided to revive the charity event, which formerly known as the ‘World Refuse Championships’, last took place in 1995.
Mr Spencer said: “We are really pleased by the level of support for the event and we encourage everyone to get involved. It’s not too late to enter a team and there are lots of other ways to get involved by sponsoring or taking space in the exhibition area.”
The race involves 32 teams of 5 people working in pairs (including one driver) loading large wheeled bins with stones and pushing them 50m to empty into awaiting refuse vehicles. This process is repeated as the trucks move forward in 50m stages towards the finish line. The race will start with a series of timed heats during the morning culminating in a final race between the two remaining teams in the afternoon.
The winning team will be awarded with the 2017 National Refuse Championship Trophy and a weekend away to Center Parcs for them and their immediate families. Second and third place teams will also receive prizes.
The competition is open to all independent waste and recycling companies and councils.
For more information about the event visit www.nationalrefusechampionships.co.uk.
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