With the winter fast approaching, closely coupled with the Christmas party season, B&M Waste Services is upping its campaign to reduce the number of people seeking refuse in waste containers with its ‘Refuse not Refuge’ campaign.
B&M Waste works in partnership with Crisis, who work directly with thousands of homeless people every year to provide vital help so that people can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good. Together they raise awareness of the dangers of sleeping in bins, and how this can ultimately be a life ending decision. A video has been produced showing the dangers, and just how it would feel to fall the 20 feet from a raised up bin into the back of a waste truck. https://youtu.be/QxdUoLfzT4g
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 fatalities 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 for its drivers to check each and every container before it is emptied. Also, as part of the campaign it ensures all its largest bins are stickered up clearly with a poster outlining the dangers.
Mick Ashall, 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 not only working with Crisis, but 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 by displaying its posters around their site and mentioning the campaign on social media tagging @bagnallmorris and #refusenotrefuge.