Waste World Cup Winners
After many years of heartache, falling just short of glory at the prestigious ‘Waste World Cup’, Mick George Ltd has managed to take the title this time around. Not only did they claim the trophy, but they did so in remarkable style, sweeping aside all that stood in their way, without conceding a single goal on route to their triumph.
Reigning champions Bagnall and Morris, three time winners Valpak, and others could only sit back and applaud the eventual winners as they scored sixteen goals without reply in the group stages, before progressing in to the knockout stages. The quarter and semi finals offered a little sterner test, before the sequence was completed, overturning Biffa to gain industry bragging rights.
The squad was somewhat of a mish-mash on paper, made up of Sales, I.T and account managers, Customer Care representatives and Apprentices, but without doubt it was Bronwyn Mulheron who stole the show with her dazzling performances. Bronwyn also broke an unwanted ‘duck’, becoming the first female to score for Mick George in the many years competing in the respective tournament.
The tournament which was celebrating its 15th anniversary, welcomed over 250 of the Waste Management sectors finest, to test their footballing skills, while offering a tremendous opportunity for quality networking with the industries elite.
This mixed-gender competition held at Northampton University, saw 24 teams from the biggest ‘players’ in the recycling sector combine in aid of non-profit WasteAid UK, in an effort to raise funds for waste services in developing countries. And that they certainly did, generating a commendable amount in the process.
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.
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: ‘’Historically we haven’t performed as well as we would have liked in this event, but it has created many humorous talking points around the office. As captain, I took a slightly different approach to the selection process this time around, and its paid dividends.’’
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.’’