Brighton: Rubbish piles up on street following bin strike
The latest health and safety measures see council workers putting red stickers on the bins, and leaving rubbish for the next allotted collection, often meaning the waste is left for another two weeks. Yellow warning stickers are put on those with slightly open lids. Waste left next to bins will also be ignored.
But one resident in Retford, Nottinghamshire, fumed: “People will resort to fly-tipping or have to stack rubbish in homes.”
Aimee Saxby added: “How stupid! Empty the bins every week if you want a flat lid.”
And Suzie Self said: “We are a seven-person household. I don’t think there is ever a week where my lid shuts.”
Bassetlaw district council, which imposed the new rules, said: “Refuse crews can be injured or hurt by raised lids that can blow up into faces in blustery conditions.
“They can also allow the spread of litter and encourage vermin.”
Bin collectors are refusing bins with open lids
The lids risk hitting workers in the face according to one district council
Waste collection has seen the UK suffer from abnormal amounts of rubbish piling up over recent months.
A combination of the COVID-19 pandemic seeing workers go off sick, as well as a shortage of staff due to Brexit has seen collections being missed.
As a result, councils are struggling to meet demand in areas such as Manchester, Coventry, Nottinghamshire and Cheshire.
Many areas will be at least a week behind with bin collections, local authorities have said.
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Bins deemed a risk have been left by refuse workers
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Strike action in some areas is also affecting when bins are being collected.
As a result, fly-tipping has increased, which has escalated costs.
For the 2020/21 year, local authorities in England dealt with 1.13 million fly-tipping incidents, an increase of 16 percent from the 980,000 reported in 2019/20.
As in the previous year, just under two-thirds (65 percent) of fly-tips involved household waste.
Total incidents involving household waste were 737,000 in 2020/21, an increase of 16 percent from 635,000 incidents in 2019/20.
The cost of fly-tipping on private land is estimated to cost up to £150million a year, in comparison to the cost of clearance of fly-tipping to local authorities in England at nearly £50million.
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Fly tipping has increased across Britain
The risk of bin lids hitting workers in the face is the latest in a string of health and safety rules that have impacted British workers in recent times.
A study conducted by international animal charity SPANA looked into Britain’s most bizarre health and safety rules, comparing the wide range of restrictions to the lack of health and safety regulations working animals have.
The researchers polled 2,000 workers and found out some of the strange regulations workplaces have set – a lot of which must have been motivated by some interesting, yet unfortunate, stories.
SPANA’s study revealed that a fifth of participants were banned from wearing flip-flops in the office, while one in five are not allowed to change light bulbs in their workplace.
One worker was required to call an engineer to change a clock battery in the office
Some workers are only provided with plastic knives and forks, while others must tuck in their shirts while shredding paper.
The long list of odd health and safety rules also included not being allowed to give a colleague paracetamol, filling out a form to use plasters and a ban on birthday cake candles.
The research revealed that more than a third of the respondents believed the health and safety laws in their workplace were too strict.
One person admitted that they were required to log a wound as minor as a paper cut in their company’s “injuries book”.
Another, astoundingly, said they weren’t allowed to change the clocks on the wall to fit in with daylight savings, and instead had to call an engineer to complete the task.