With the winter fast approaching, closely coupled with the Christmas party season, B&M Waste Services is once again launching its ‘Refuse not Refuge’ campaign in partnership with housing and homelessness charity, Shelter to reduce the number of people seeking refuge in waste containers.
People who sleep rough have difficult choices to make, and sheltering in a bin can seem like a safe, dry place to spend the night. However, when the bin is emptied, all too often people are still inside and their lives become immediately at risk. Unfortunately, there have been a number of tragedies in the industry where people have been injured and even killed after sleeping in a bin.
B&M Waste Services operate a rigorous staff training and refresher programme to act as a constant reminder to its drivers to check each and every container before it is emptied. Also, as part of the campaign it ensures its largest bins are stickered up clearly with the poster below.
David Curtis, director at B&M Waste Services commented:
“A recent study conducted in partnership with Streetlink indicated that it’s not only homeless people but also drunken students and party goers who sleep in bins, a massive 11 per cent. This is why we are working with our customers, particularly Universities, Colleges and Retail Parks to apply best practice in reducing this risk through raising awareness of the problem.”
B&M are now looking to partner with customers in the area to raise awareness of the danger of sleeping in a waste container. At the end of the night when the funds have dried up and transport home is not an option, it is absolutely crucial NOT to choose a waste container to sleep in.