Refuse collectors in Fife are regularly physically and verbally abused on their rounds, and the council has launched a new campaign to encourage drivers to be patient around bin lorries so they don’t cause accidents.
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Residents in the North West of England face a postcode lottery when it comes to getting rid of their bulky waste, residents have to pay £39.30 to have a large appliance collected by the council which is 3 times as expensive as other parts.
A council in Leicestershire has been forced to hire bin lorries as the lorries they currently use are not equipped to collect the new wheelie bins. The council have ordered new vehicles but they are not due until September, this was all down to trying to save money, the wheelie bins are costing £550,000 and should last 10 years whereas the bag recycling costs £360,000 per year.
A 'Macho Culture' among bin men in Salford is harming their health, they are often seen forgoing safety rules and practices to get the job done faster. This often includes carrying two bins to the vehicle or working through breaks to get the job done quicker.
Do you think being a refuse collector is a dangerous job? Bradford Council had to pay over £1 million to an employee who had his leg crushed by a lorry while bins were being emptied, this is just one of 17 incidents involving refuse collections and wheelie bins. There are a number of health risks involved on being a refuse collector.
Birminghams refuse collectors have been given a new job title of waste reduction and collection officer, this could mean that your bin men could soon be inspecting your wheelie bins, issuing advice on recycling and even issuing fixed penalties. All this is down to the city having one of the worst recycling rates in the country and the council estimate that they can save £1.6 million per year if the rates increase.
The National Refuse Championships is a competition where refuse vehicles take part in games such as lifting challenges and manoeuvring skills. This event is run by the Alzheimers society and this year raised over £12000.
Being a bin man is not the most glamourous of occupations, but they are still under scrutiny about the service they provide, mainly down to budget cuts. But they can also have trouble carrying out their job due to congested roads or rush hour traffic, a wheelie bin man is not an easy job at all.