Help end rough sleeping

As darker, colder, and wetter nights set in, we’ve received more reports from suppliers and industry colleagues about people taking shelter or sleeping in and around waste bins.  

With surging homelessness in the UK there has been an increase in people taking shelter and sleeping rough in waste bins. Unfortunately, this has resulted in several deaths of vulnerable people over the years as they have accidentally been tipped into waste collection lorries.

It’s not just homelessness that forces people to take shelter in bins. One in 10 cases of a person sheltering in a bin involves a person who has been on a night out.

Homelessness is a serious issue that we should all be aware of professionally and privately. We all need to play a part in helping others stay safe.

If you have a waste bin or large container on your premises please:

Check, Look, Think

  1. Check your locks on bins – are they broken/working
  2. Is there evident activity around the bin ie, makeshift steps, open lids
  3. Raise awareness amongst staff by creating a visual campaign to check

If you suspect or are concerned about someone sleeping rough, contact a local organisation or StreeLink. Streetlink will provide details to your local authority or outreach service to help find the individual and help them get the support they need. 

For further information and support about homelessness, you can contact Shelter.