12 Jun 2017
Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) have won the top prize at the National Refuse Championship 2017. Competing in Weston-super-Mare on Saturday 10 June against opposition from around the country, AVDC's team came out on top in a fine display of team work and skill after a gruelling day of refuse collection-based competition.
The team of five included one driver, Ed Bolton, and four loaders, Dan Fox, Ashton Lawler, Dan Bromwich, Tiago Cardoso. Up against them were 16 other teams from across the UK's private and public waste management sectors.
The team was tested on driving skill including tracking and manoeuvring, plus weight-lifting and health and safety challenges. First competing in a series of timed heats during the morning, AVDC's team then fought their way through the rounds and claimed the trophy after overcoming the Grist Environmental team in the final race.
The National Refuse Championship provides a great opportunity to recognise drivers and loaders for their effort and hard work throughout the year. It also provides a chance for industry professionals to meet and share best practice to ensure residents are receiving a top service. All proceeds from this fun but highly-competitive event went to the Alzheimer's Society.
David Clark, AVDC Transport & Waste Transfer Station Manager, commented: "This was an outstanding effort from the crew and we're hugely proud of them and their achievement. I was confident they'd win and they didn't disappoint! Waste collection is both physically and mentally demanding, meaning crews have to work well as a team to get the job done properly and on time. This competition was designed to test those skills to the limit and by winning the top prize our team have shown they're amongst the best in the business!"