Recycling risks

PUBLISHED: 10:47 10 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 06 May 2010

SIR – On a trip to the local tip this week with my bulky recycling items it occurred to me where are the Health and Safety rules regarding the public s use of such facilities? Many of the recycling containers are approached by metal stairs which can be we

SIR - On a trip to the local tip this week with my bulky recycling items it occurred to me where are the Health and Safety rules regarding the public's use of such facilities?

Many of the recycling containers are approached by metal stairs which can be wet, slippery or have items dropped on them.

I have observed elderly people manoeuvring on the stairs carrying heavy items or making many trips up and down with smaller articles. One man I spoke to was recovering from recent knee surgery.

We are all encouraged to recycle but why put ourselves at risk? Couldn't the containers for such purposes be of a more consumer-friendly design?

After all, local councils are putting themselves at risk of large claims in the event of recyclers being hurt.

LESLEY CANN

Cumberland Drive, Redbourn


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