Published Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 14:46
A waste company has generously donated £1,000 to the borough’s Mayors charities.
The team at Biffa, which collects household recycling for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has worked nearly 47,840 hours without incurring lost time because of an accident.
The bin crews face daily dangers on the job every day that makes it one of the most dangerous industry’s in the UK.
The money that has been donated will be split between the Mayors Charities which are The East Lancashire Hospice and The North West Air Ambulance (NWAA).
East Lancashire Hospice cares for people suffering from life limiting illnesses throughout the area.
The North West Air Ambulance is the helicopter emergency medical service Charity, despatching crews to medical emergencies.
Biffa Business Manager, Chris Greenwood said:
People often don’t realise how dangerous this job can be, which is why it’s imperative that we do all we can to keep our work force safe.
It is the positive attitude of each member of staff that has made it possible to donate this money to the Mayors Charities. I hope to carry on our success every year.
Mayor of the Borough Councillor Hussain Akhtar said:
I am delighted to receive this generous donation for my chosen charities.
It is great to see one of the highest demanding jobs in our borough achieving their goals and being able to return to their homes and families safe and sound.
Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Jim Smith said:
As well as helping towards the two charities it is having a positive impact on the local people who work for Biffa keeping them protected from potential dangers whilst helping the borough reduce the amount of recycling materials going to landfill.
Tickets are also on sale for the Mayors Ball on Friday, 21st April.
Dress code is black tie and ladies evening dress. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
Tickets are £25 each available from The Mayor’s office on (01254) 585229.