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Bin lorry racing returns to Weston-Super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 April 2019

Grist Environmental (1st) centre, Biffa Weston (2nd) left and Cartwrights (3rd) right at the National Refuse Championships 2018 (c) Jeremy Long

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The National Refuse Championships is returning to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday June 15, and promises to be even bigger and better than last year's event

Save the date: The National Refuse Championships is taking place at the Beach Lawns, Weston-super-Mare at 9am-5.30pm on Saturday, June 15.

This annual event celebrates the bin men and women who collect our recycling and waste, and is in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. Last year the event raised over £21,000 and the target is even higher this year.

Drivers and loaders from all across the UK race against the clock in a test of strength and stamina; loading wheelie bins with sandbags before pushing them 50m into awaiting refuse vehicles.  This gruelling process is repeated numerous times as the trucks move forwards in 50m stages to the finish line. Up to 32 teams will compete, two at a time, in heats throughout the day culminating in a semi-final & final to determine the winner and runners-up.

The winning team will be crowned the National Refuse Champions 2019, presented with a trophy and receive £3000 worth of Center Parcs vouchers.  First place runners up will receive £1250 of Buy-A-Gift vouchers and second place runners up £1000 of Buy-A-Gift vouchers.

As well as the bin lorry racing, this free family-friendly day out includes food stalls, live music, fun fair rides, a kids zone and a cider bar.

Spencer Law is the founder of the event: “This is the third year that we are running the event in Weston-super-Mare.  The town has been such a great host and we see no reason to go elsewhere. We hope that local people will come along and support the teams, as they have in previous years.  The races are very entertaining, free to watch and it's a family friendly event. We have also laid on additional amusements for the kids, as well as food and drink stalls. Everyone is welcome!”

The reigning champions are Grist Environmental and they will be defending their title this year. Local team, Biffa Weston who were first place runners-up last year are also returning and keen to take the crown.

Laura Hewitt, Regional Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer's Society said: “We're absolutely delighted that the organisers have chosen to unite with Alzheimer's Society for the third year running. Last year they raised over £21,000. Every pound raised this year will help Alzheimer's Society provide vital information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by the condition.”

If you're a local business and you'd like to get involved please contact Event Organiser Tracy Standing on 500 736 or email tracy.standing@rvsl.co.uk.

For more information about this year's event, visit the NRC website.

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