An early start saw FCS’s team ready and waiting to rise to the challenge of the “National Refuse Championship*”. Registration started at 9am on Saturday 10th June 2017 with hundreds of spectators that had turned out at Weston-super-Mare seafront to watch crews from across the UK to compete in the National Refuse Championships.
The competition consisted of eighteen (18) teams of five (5) 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 50 metres before emptying them into an awaiting refuse vehicle.
Those who took part in the Championships included Biffa, Amey, Simply Waste, Kier, Aspect solutions, Hills Waste, Devon Contract Waste, Swindon Borough Council, Weir Waste, Pirtek, Equinox Recycling, Grist Environmental, FCS Cleaning and Cartwright Skips. Staff from Gullivers Truck Hire and Dennis Eagle also participated in a fun run.
FCS’s first race of the day was against Amey 1, this got our team off to a great start! We won! Our first ever race so we were feeling positive about the day. The second race was against Equinox Recycling, again, we won! Fantastic! Then the third race was against Biffa Municipal, Things were tense BUT... we won again!
Then the heat was on, the semi final race... this was against Aylesbury Vale district council. Our luck and determination wasn’t to last and unfortunatley we lost to by far the best team of the championships; Aylesbury, who went on to the final to beat Grist environmental to lift the trophy. We weren’t dissapointed though, we had had a chance to compete and our team came fourth so a great result for a new team. So if your looking for a winning team to help with your waste disposal, give us a call we will always be there to help.
Everyone had a fantastic day and we promissed ourselves that we are going for the win next year - can’t wait!
Collectively the teams did a great job and raised just under £15,000 for the Alzheimer's Society. Spencer Law the MD of RVS and Tracy Standing, the event organiser, along with the rest of the team at RVS did a wonderful job - well done from us all.
*Formerly known as the World Refuse Championships, this charity event last took place in 1995. Sponsors included Epic Media, NTM, Boughton, Gullivers Truck Hire and Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS) led by headline sponsors, Dennis Eagle