AVDC plan to defend their title at the National Refuse Championships

L to R  Amy Bridgeford, Cllr Beville Stanier, David Clark, Spencer Law and Abigail Friston
L to R Amy Bridgeford, Cllr Beville Stanier, David Clark, Spencer Law and Abigail Friston

Aylesbury Vale District Council is preparing not one, but two teams, to defend its title as National Refuse Champions (2017) at the annual event, which takes place on 16 June 2018 at Weston-super-Mare seafront.

Demand from the council’s female loaders and drivers means that they will have their own team.

David Clark, Transport Manager, Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC): “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.”

A charity event, the National Refuse Championships (NRC) was *revived last year for the first time in over 10 years by Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) and took place at Weston-super-Mare on Saturday 10 June 2017. 18 teams took part including Biffa, Amey, Kier, Hills Waste and Swindon Borough Council, and over £12000 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society. Such was the success of the event that over 30 teams are already signed up to take part in 2018. Places are still available although going fast.

David Clark: “The event was so well organised by RVS. They are a great team, with a fantastic work ethic.”

Spencer Law, Managing Director of RVS and Founder of the NRC: “I’ve wanted to recreate the National Refuse Championships for years, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing support and generosity of friends, family, staff and the waste management industry. We are well underway with preparations for this year’s event, which is going to be bigger and better.”

David Clark: “It was an excellent opportunity for people to get to know each other outside of work. When we returned after winning the event we were famous for a while. People were congratulating us; we were interviewed by the regional TV news; and we received emails from staff, Councillors and members of the public. It has been great for morale and motivation.”

Aylesbury Vale District Council was so proud of winning the event that it is featured in its current recruitment campaign. The slogan ‘Recruiting Now! Join Our Champion Collection Crew – Winners of the 2017 National Refuse Champonships’ is being advertised on the side of some of the council’s new fleet of state of the art refuse vehicles.

“We are quietly confident that we can defend our title. However, there are more teams this year and the event is getting bigger so there’s more pressure. There are so many benefits to taking part that winning would just be the icing on the cake!”

For more information about this year’s event visit www.nationalrefusechampionships.co.uk. The event starts on Friday 15 June with an exhibition and networking event run by RWM, which includes key speakers and seminars followed by an evening of entertainment. The refuse vehicle team races run from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 16 June followed by a party with live music.

To enter a team or make a donation contact tracy.standing@rvsl.co.uk or contact Tracy on Tel: 07772 500 736.