Leading waste management companies have teamed up to launch a new joint initiative tackling the danger of people sheltering in bins.
Businesses from across the events and hospitality industries are being encouraged to sign up to the project, led by Biffa, Veolia and B&M Waste Services.
According to integrated waste management business Biffa, more than 10 people have died in the UK during the last five years after containers in which they’d sought shelter overnight were emptied into waste trucks
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.”
Committed to working together in order to help save lives through increased education and co-operation, the firms met recently with representatives from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Environmental Services Association and the Health and Safety Executive for the inaugural meeting of this dedicated Industry Steering Group.
They were joined by two charities involved with the homeless, Framework and Homeless Link, to consider ways to tackle the issue and protect vulnerable people.
Ann McMurrie, B&M Waste Services’ environment, quality, health & safety and compliance manager, commented: “Coming together as an industry seems the sensible way forward to raise awareness of the terrible dangers of sleeping in waste containers. We first addressed this issue with our ‘Refuse not Refuge’ campaign which launched in 2013. We now urge other parties such as local authorities and customers to spread this message, and further reduce fatalities in the future.”
The People in Bins Steering Group has committed to meeting in the New Year to agree the details of the industry-wide initiative and is calling on businesses from across the events and hospitality industries to get involved.
For further information on how to become part of the initiative, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.