Dudley Council is taking part in a national campaign to deter rough sleepers from taking shelter in bins.
The council’s waste management and greencare team already report any rough sleepers they encounter to the homelessness team, but they will be supporting this campaign by adding warning stickers to the council’s larger trade waste bins to deter rough sleepers.
The team also checks trade waste bins before they are emptied to ensure that they are safe to empty.
Councillor John Martin, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment, said:
Dudley Council is already committed to providing accommodation and support to people sleeping rough and ensuring that there is no need for anyone to spend a second night on the streets. Not at any time of year, especially not in winter and not in a trade waste bin, where tragedy has been known to occur.
These stickers are a reminder that bins are not a safe place to stay and that we will support people in need. Our greencare and waste management teams who are out in all weathers always report any rough sleepers to the homelessness team so that they can offer appropriate support.
Any members of the public concerned about rough sleepers should contact Dudley Council Plus and the homelessness team will respond.
Dudley Council’s homeless team works around the clock, every day of the year to support people who are homeless, or at risk of losing their home.
Officers respond to all reports of people sleeping rough and will locate the person, provide details of emergency accommodation that is immediately available, and direct them to any other sources of support they may need.
The team also offers support to people at risk of losing their home, whether they own their own home, rent it, or even if they are living with family and friends. The teams advises people to seek advice as soon as possible.
People can call Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345 to report someone they are concerned about or submit details via StreetLink at www.streetlink.org.uk.
Dudley borough’s current rough sleepers count is five. This compares to 11 at the same time last year.
Further information can be found at www.dudley.gov.uk, search homelessness.