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Biffa to tackle homeless deaths with vehicle cameras

Biffa’s waste collection vehicles are to be fitted with CCTV cameras in order to prevent the deaths of homeless people sleeping in wheelie bins.

The cameras will help to identify individuals with the data being passed to homeless charities so that they can attempt to secure accommodation for them.

The company notes that their teams already carry out checks on waste containers which resulted in 93 lives being saved in 2014.

A research paper from Biffa and Chartered Institution of Wastes Management recommended a campaign targeting waste producers to ensure that bins are properly locked and secured.

It also recommended that homeless charities make clear the dangers of sleeping in waste containers to people who use their services.

Tim Standring, of Biffa’s safety division, said: “Falling asleep in a waste container can be very dangerous - we’ve found and assisted homeless people and late night revellers using bins for shelter across the UK. 

“All of our waste collection teams are trained to carry out checks for people sleeping in our containers before they are emptied and we are always considering new initiatives to help address this and boost safety.”

He added: “While we cannot stop people getting into waste containers in the first place, we are fully committed to enhancing our safety procedures and taking the necessary steps and investment to save lives.”

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