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Biffa on the Beeb on bin safety

A Biffa awareness campaign on the dangers of people sheltering in waste containers is being featured on BBC TV tomorrow (Tuesday).

The Victoria Derbyshire Show, which is broadcast on BBC 2, BBC Online and the BBC News Channel, will include footage from Biffa speaking about a new phase of the awareness campaign to be launched this year to save lives and protect vulnerable people.

The company has been working with a charity, Homeless Link, to promote its StreetLink service, which enables people to alert local authorities in England and Wales about people sleeping rough in their area.

In August 2015, MRW reported how the remains of a homeless man were found at Biffa’s depot in Avonmouth. The company believes that checks by its collection crews resulted in 93 lives being saved in 2014.

A research paper from Biffa and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management in February 2014 recommended a campaign to ensure that bins are properly locked and secured. It also recommended that homeless charities make clear to people who use their services about the dangers of sleeping in waste containers.

Tim Standring, Biffa divisional health, safety, environment and quality coach, said: “It’s great to see a flagship BBC current affairs programme like Victoria Derbyshire Show covering this important issue.

“As a business we are absolutely committed to giving our drivers the tools, training and resources they need to help save lives and ensure people sleeping rough in or near bins get access to the help and support they need.”

The special StreetLink number is 0300 500 0914.

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