and Highbridge residents warned over hidden waste dangers
Rubbish left out in bins and bags can be a risk for both waste
collectors and other local people, residents in Burnham and Highbridge
have been warned this week.
From ash and broken glass through to rubbish bins too heavy to
safely empty, refuse is often a hazard if simple steps are not
taken, says Somerset Waste Partnership.
as every scrap of recycling - including all food waste - should
be diverted from your rubbish, every item that could be a threat
must be carefully handled too, it warns.
"For plenty of people, out of sight is out of mind when
it comes to rubbish, yet it could be a risk to collection crews
as well as their family and neighbours," says the group's
spokesman Nick Cater.
"Simple steps can ensure not only that your rubbish has
no recycling in it, but also that your rubbish contains nothing
that could be a hazard to other people."
He added: "Properties putting out black sacks must be especially
careful to wrap sharp items, such as broken glass, and allow hot
materials to cool."
"Food is also a particular problem, attracting pets as well
as pests to tear open black sacks and put people and animals at
risk from the contents while creating a mess."
"Ash, cinders, dust and the contents of vacuum cleaners
should not be added loose to rubbish boxes or black sacks, and
the remains of fires or barbecues must be cold."
"Instead, such materials should be carefully bagged up so
when bins are emptied or sacks moved clouds of particles do not
escape and get into eyes or cause breathing problems."