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15 Mar 2016

Rising number of people are sleeping in bins, refuse collectors warn

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The refuse collection industry is increasingly concerned about the rising number of people sleeping in dustbins, an unexpected consequence of the rise in rough sleeping, and has issued safety guidance to bin lorry drivers on how to prevent homeless people from being crushed in compaction units.

Figures collected by one of the UK’s largest waste management firms, Biffa, reveal that staff discovered 31 people sleeping in bins in 2014, 93 in 2015, and 175 in the current financial year. Across the UK, 11 people have been killed in the past five years because of sleeping in bins, most of them crushed to death, according to the Environmental Services Association (ESA).

Read the full story on The Guardian website

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