Hundreds of people turned out at Weston-super-Mare seafront on Saturday 10th June to watch Equinox Recycling and other crews from across the UK compete in the National Refuse Championships.

17 teams took part in the Championships including ourselves, Biffa, Amey, Simply Waste, Kier, Aspect Solutions, Hills Waste, Devon Contract Waste, Swindon Borough Council, Weir Waste, Pirtek, Grist Environmental, FCS Cleaning and Cartwright Skips.

 The event, organised by Refuse Vehicle Solutions in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society was devised to test the skills of drivers including tracking and manoeuvring skills, loading skills, health and safety and weight-lift challenges.

Each team consisted of five people (including one driver) working in pairs and taking turns to run, load wheelie bins (240 litre and 1100 litre) with stones and push them 50metres to an awaiting refuse truck to empty it. The gruelling process was repeated multiple times, as the refuse truck moved in 50m stages towards the finish line.

The race began with a series of timed heats during the morning culminating in a final race between the two remaining teams in the afternoon. Despite ‘Team Equinox’ being knocked out in the second round, our boys did amazingly well and we placed 7th overall.

Team Equinox pictured with Spencer Law, Founder of the new National Refuse Championships.

The coveted National Refuse Championships 2017 trophy was won by Aylesbury Vale District Council and the event raised over £12,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society. It was such a success that organisers have already confirmed that the event will go ahead next year – 15 & 16th June 2018.

Spencer Law, Founder of the new National Refuse Championships and Managing Director of Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) said: “It was a fantastic weekend of fun and we drew a big crowd.

“I have wanted to recreate the National Refuse Championships for around 10 years but I would never have achieved it without the support of friends, family, my staff and industry colleagues, along with the superb organisational skills of Tracy Standing. We are already planning next year’s event and I hope it will become a regular fixture on the waste management calendar!”

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