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BBC covers industry-wide issue of people sheltering in bins

Monday, 29 February 2016

The Victoria Derbyshire Show, which is simultaneously broadcast to millions on BBC 2, BBC Online and the BBC News Channel every week day from 9.15am – 11.00am, is broadcasting an in-depth feature on the issue of people sheltering in bins tomorrow (Tuesday 1 March).

The show will feature footage from Biffa speaking about a new awareness campaign it is launching this year to save lives and protect vulnerable people sleeping in and around waste containers.

Biffa has been working closely with charity Homeless Link to promote its StreetLink service, which enables the public to alert local authorities in England and Wales about people sleeping rough in their area by calling 0300 500 0914.

Alongside StreetLink and industry bodies including the CIWM, Biffa want to encourage a collective responsibility amongst the waste industry, UK business community (waste producers) and relevant charities to promote vigilance and increased transparent reporting of people sleeping in bins.

The feature is also set to run on Radio Four’s popular current affairs show PM on Tuesday between 5:00-6:00pm which reaches a listener audience of up to five million.

Tim Standring, Biffa’s divisional health, safety, environment and quality coach, said: “It’s great to see a flagship BBC current affairs programme like The Victoria Derbyshire Show covering this important issue.

“As a business we are absolutely committed to giving our drivers the tools, training and resources they need to help save lives and ensure people sleeping rough in or near bins get access to the help and support they need.”




Notes to editors

Biffa Group Limited is a leading waste management company in the UK, headquartered in High Wycombe, United Kingdom. It provides collection, landfill, recycling and special waste services to local authorities and industrial and commercial clients in the UK.