Council reduces size of recycling containers to minimise musculoskeletal disorders

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 11:00 am

South Lakeland District Council has reduced the size of its recycling containers to reduce the risk of its refuse collectors developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).

The council is planning on phasing out 55 litre boxes in favour of supplying 44 litre containers when households request replacement for damaged containers.

The local authority has said the switch to lighter bins is designed to limit the risk of MSD to its workforce. In making the decision managers looked at a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) study from 2006 which considered manual handling in domestic recycling schemes to households.

The research carried out by the HSE, stated that operating kerbside box collection schemes which require collectors to lift and carry the boxes, potentially increasing the risk of manual handling injuries.


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