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Initiative to tackle issue of rough sleepers in refuse containers

16 November 2016

A number of industry organisations have begun discussions to tackle the issue of people using refuse containers for shelter.

This has resulted in a number of deaths in recent years when the containers have been emptied into waste vehicles.

In addition to the homeless, there are reports of the containers being used by those under the influence of drink or drugs.

The meeting included the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM), the Environmental Services Association (ESA), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and waste management service providers Biffa, Veolia and B&M Waste Services.

One of the outcomes of the meeting was an agreement to pool resources to create an industry-wide campaign to raise awareness that using refuse containers for shelter is dangerous.

Contributions from homeless charities Framework and Homeless Link have also been confirmed to assist the group in its efforts.

These will be in addition to the ongoing efforts of both Biffa, which has worked with Homeless Link, and B&M Waste, which has established its Refuse Not Refuge campaign.

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