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Council changes collections after injuries to bin men

Craven Council is to make changes to the collection of some wheelie bins on the advice of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The council said that around 2,500 households who currently leave their bins in places inaccessible to waste trucks will have to put them on the kerbside from March next year.

Craven has made the change following safety concerns highlighted by the HSE during a recent kerbside collection trial. The HSE warned the council that its collectors risked repetitive strain injuries while moving bins “quite a distance” to the waste truck.

The council said most of the affected households were terraced properties with rear alleys too narrow for waste trucks to pass through. These households will be asked to place their bins at collection points nearer to the kerbside.

Anyone physically unable to move their bin to the kerb will be eligible for assistance.

Cllr Carl Lis, the lead member for Greener Craven said: “The council must comply with the HSE’s instructions for bin collections, in the same way that all the other councils in North Yorkshire have been doing for a long time. We are however committed to working with residents to identify the most sympathetic solution to differing sets of circumstances.”

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