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Waste Management: Waste containers are not cold weather shelters

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Posted at 12:55 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 13:55:19-05

Waste Management is reminding the community that waste containers like dumpsters and trash bins should not be used as shelter from weather conditions.

"Although people may look at a waste container as providing options for more than just the disposal of trash, waste containers are pieces of heavy industrial equipment, serviced by heavy collection trucks with hydraulic crushing equipment," the company says.

They say that there is a significant risk of injury or death when people climb into waste containers or dumpsters that are later emptied into a trash truck.

"Waste Management requests that the community please stay out of waste containers, for your safety, and for the safety of our drivers,” said Tony Franco, area safety director. “We understand individuals may go to great lengths to seek cover from inclement weather. However, if someone is inside a waste container when it is emptied, there is a significant risk of injury or death. By working with our customers and exercising additional vigilance, we hope to reduce this risk.”

Waste Management is asking that all individuals stay out of waste dumpsters for their safety.

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