The charity event, which takes place on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June at the Beach Lawns, Weston-super-Mare brings together waste and recycling collection crews from across the UK to take part in a series of gruelling races that test both strength and stamina. In 2018 the event raised over £21,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society and the aim is to beat that total this year. Donations can be made here.
Spencer Law, founder, 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.”
Alan Ellison, commercial director at Imperial Commercials, added: “An event that brings people together from the waste sector to share knowledge and talk about good ideas is something that we are pleas ed to support.
“Building on the success of last year’s event we are looking forward to what this year holds and the opportunities that come with it.
“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. This year we will be displaying a number of our pre built trucks, giving customers the opportunity to take trucks that are ready to work straight away”.
Up to 32 teams from private waste companies and local authorities across the UK will take part in the races, which take place from 9am-5.30pm on Saturday 15 June. 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 gruelling 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.