A council refuse team has been crowned Scottish champions at a national competition.
Based at Inverurie’s Souterford Road depot, the group, who have dubbed themselves ‘Scaffies on Tour’, took part in the National Refuse Championships in Weston-super-Mare.
The Aberdeenshire team were the first and only Scottish team to enter, which automatically qualified them as Scottish champions, although they reached the second round of the championship at the weekend.
The team ranked in 15th place out of the 24 taking place. Made up of five people, including the driver, they worked in pairs and took turns to load large wheelie bins with sands.
The bins were pushed 50 metres to a waiting truck, which was used to empty it, before the bins were taken back to the starting line in a series of timed heats.
As well as the entry fee going to Alzheimer Scotland, members also set up a fundraising page – with £1,480 already raised.
Money will be split between Inverurie food bank, CLAN, Willows Animal Sanctuary, Doddie Weir Foundation and Friends of the Special Nursery.
There will be a further event on June 29 at Inverurie Golf Club to boost the cash already gathered.
As well as supporting the north-east, the team said they were proud to represent all waste sector workers across Scotland.
Team member Gemma Rosie, who came up with the idea to take part, said: “Everybody who has supported Scaffies on Tour to date cannot be thanked enough for all their support. The team had a whale of a time at the event, and have certainly made their mark on the event.
“Organisers, exhibitors, other team members and the public – they all helped make our jaunt south all the more worthwhile and the team have certainly made a lot of new contacts, and friends who want to keep in touch.”
The refuse collectors have also decided they will return next year to take part again, after this year’s competition was described as an “awesome experience”.