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ESA and police to tackle violence against binmen

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have met to discuss how to reduce incidents of violence and aggression by members of the public against waste workers.

Stephen Freeland, ESA health and safety policy, adviser said: “ESA and ACPO discussed how a standard procedure for the reporting of such incidents to the police might be rolled out across the waste industry.

“In seeking to raise public awareness of this issue, options for a targeted media campaign were also discussed.”

Last November MRW reported that violent and abusive behaviour towards refuse and recycling collectors was increasing and the ESA was collating reports for the police. Incidents included verbal abuse, violence, and near-misses by impatient drivers.

MRW also recently reported that municipal contractor Biffa, Wirral council and police launched a local campaign to protect binmen from threatening and dangerous driving.

The number of “near-misses” from poor driving in close proximity to Biffa crews while working had increased, according to Biffa business manager Gary Robinson. He said crews were endangered by drivers refusing to be held up by collection vehicles for short periods.

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