Garbage Collection: Workers Avoid Picking Up Garbage Cans In Case The Lids Open And Hit Them In The Face | United Kingdom | News

Brighton: Rubbish piles up in the street after the bin strike

The latest health and safety measures see council workers putting red stickers on bins and leaving rubbish for the next allocated collection, which often means rubbish is left for another two weeks. Yellow warning stickers are affixed to those whose covers are slightly open. Garbage left next to bins will also be ignored.

But one resident of Retford, Nottinghamshire fumed: ‘People will resort to fly tipping or have to pile rubbish in houses.

Aimee Saxby added, “How stupid! Empty the trash cans weekly if you want a flat lid.

And Suzie Self said: “We are a household of seven. I don’t think there’s ever a week where my lid closes.

Bassetlaw District Council, which imposed the new rules, said: ‘Garbage crews can be injured or harmed by lifted lids which can explode in faces in windy conditions.

“They can also allow the spread of litter and encourage vermin.”

Bin collectors refuse bins with an open lid (Image: Getty)

Bins full

Eyelids risk hitting workers in the face says district council (Image: Getty)

Waste collection has seen the UK suffer from an abnormal accumulation of waste in recent months.

A combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen workers fall ill, as well as a staff shortage due to Brexit, has caused collections to be 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 trash collections, local authorities said.

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Bins considered to be at risk were left by the garbage collectors (Image: Getty)

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COVID and Brexit have affected workforces across the UK (Image: Getty)

Strikes in some areas also affect the timing of garbage collection.
As a result, fly tipping has increased, driving up costs.

For the year 2020/21, local authorities in England dealt with 1.13 million fly-spill incidents, an increase of 16% on the 980,000 reported in 2019/20.

As in the previous year, just under two-thirds (65%) of landfills involved household waste.

The total number of incidents involving household waste was 737,000 in 2020/21, an increase of 16% from 635,000 incidents in 2019/20.

The cost of fly tipping on private land is estimated to cost up to £150 million a year, compared to the cost of clearing fly tipping to local authorities in England at almost £50 million.

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Fly tipping has increased across Britain (Image: Getty)

The risk of bin lids hitting workers in the face is the latest in a series of health and safety rules that have impacted UK workers in recent times.

A study by international animal charity SPANA has looked at Britain’s most bizarre health and safety rules, comparing the wide range of restrictions to the lack of health and safety regulations for draft animals.

Researchers surveyed 2,000 workers and uncovered some of the bizarre regulations workplaces have established – many of which must have been driven by interesting, but unfortunate stories.

The SPANA study found that one-fifth of participants were banned from wearing flip-flops in the office, while one-in-five are not allowed to change light bulbs at work.

Health and safety gone crazy

A worker had to call an engineer to change a clock battery in the office (Image: Getty)

Some workers are only given plastic knives and forks, while others have to tuck in their shirts to shred paper.

The long list of bizarre health and safety rules also included a ban on giving paracetamol to a colleague, filling out a form to use bandages and a ban on birthday cake candles.

The research found that more than a third of respondents felt the health and safety laws in their workplace were too strict.

One person admitted they were required to record an injury as minor as a paper cut in their company’s ‘injury book’.

Another, surprisingly, said they weren’t allowed to change wall clocks to accommodate daylight saving time, and instead had to call an engineer to complete the task.

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