Waste World Cup 2018
It’s that time of the year again, as the elite from the Waste Management sector battle it out for the industry’s most coveted prize; the Waste World Cup.
This time around, a record number of teams will compete, with 30 separate organisations represented throughout the country, each looking to gain bragging rights.
The group stages will see last years finalists reunited as the current holders Mick George and Biffa have been drawn in the same group, while the usual suspects; Valpak, Bagnell & Morris et al’ all feature among the remaining five other groups.
It’s not just new teams included in this year’s competition, there has also been a venue switch to accommodate the larger numbers. The event this year will be hosted at Brackley Leisure.
Once again, WasteAid UK are the chosen charity to receive all funds generated. WasteAid UK was set up by industry professionals and has a vision to create a world with equal access to waste services for all. Its aim is to increase spending on waste management from 0.3% to 3% of all international aid.
The tournament which is celebrating its 16th anniversary offers the chance for individuals to show off their footballing talent, as well as presenting a tremendous opportunity for quality networking with the industries hierarchy.
Mike Webster, Chief Executive at WasteAid UK said: ‘’Yet again we are overwhelmed by the waste sector coming on-side to support better waste management for all. Two billion people don’t have any kind of waste service and we are facing a global crisis, with climate change and marine plastics among the symptoms of our lack of action.’’
Webster continued: ‘’Our goal is to help people deliver low-cost and local waste management, wherever they are. Adopting a community-scale approach to waste management helps score the hat-trick of improved health, better jobs and a protected environment.’’
Chris Gunkel, Head of Sales Operations at Mick George Ltd said: ‘’Although we arrive as holders, we will still be arriving with the same goal and that is to retain our champion status. As with business, we can’t rest on our laurels and take things for granted, so although it has caused some discussion in the office, there have been a few squad changes this time around. I would say for the better.’’
Gunkel continued: ‘We must not forget the day has a real purpose. It provides a great networking opportunity and serves to raise funds for a tremendous cause.’’