Let’s stop people sheltering in bins

Pub and bar operators are being asked to sign up to a new initiative to tackle the potentially deadly issue of people sheltering in bins.

More than 10 people have died in this country during the last five years after containers that they’d sought shelter overnight were emptied into waste trucks. Now the UK waste industry, led by Biffa, Veolia and B&M Waste Services, has met for the first time and has committed to work together to help save lives through increased education and co-operation.

Leading figures from the three waste management companies met in Birmingham with representatives from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Environmental Services Association and the Health and Safety Executive.

They have teamed up with Framework and Homeless Link, two homeless charities, to consider ways to tackle the issue and protect vulnerable people. Although the homeless are most at risk, students and other revellers are also putting themselves in danger.

The joint initiative follows on from Biffa’s own work with charity Homeless Link to encourage members of the public to alert local authorities, which featured on the BBC earlier this year.

Tim Standring, Biffa’s divisional health, safety, environment and quality coach said: “Even though we’ve increased training and awareness over the last two years and discovered more people in our bins, tragically fatalities are still occurring across our industry. But there is a wider responsibility beyond simply the waste companies – it needs a holistic approach from all sectors and stakeholders including our customers, local authorities and the general public.”

The People in Bins Steering Group has committed to meeting in the New Year to agree details of the industry-wide initiatives and is calling on businesses from across the pub and bar industry to get involved.
For further information on how to become part of the initiative, please contact biffa@onlybeattie.com

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