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Attacks on crews 'doubled in three years'

A doubling of attacks on household collection crews in the past three years has been reported following freedom of information requests to local authorities.

According to the Daily Mail, the number of incidents rose from 159 in 2013 to 309 in 2016.

The Local Government Association told the paper that such abuse was unacceptable and said it would push for jail sentences to protect staff.

The Daily Mail blames the increase on homeowners “infuriated with complex recycling rules and restrictive rubbish quotas”.

“Flashpoints include binmen refusing to take rubbish because recycling was contaminated, because there were too many bags or because bins contained too many wrong items,” it said.

Crews have also been attacked by motorists annoyed at being stuck behind their RCVs, something councils and operators have highlighted in the past.

Biffa reported 1,100 incidents of bad driving, almost 400 recorded injuries and 12 staff hit by vehicles during 2011 alone.

They included motorists driving too fast and too close to collection vehicles; squeezing too tightly past binmen on narrow roads; and cars mounting pavements.

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