People in Carlisle are being asked to put out their refuse and recycling earlier than usual to help with workmen who have been struggling in the heat.
Carlisle City Council is asking people to put out their refuse at 5am on their day of collection, so that crews can collect the majority of the waste during the coolest part of the day.
Crews are currently collecting in temperatures in excess of 28 degrees and are struggling to cope with the heat.
“Two crew members have suffered from the extreme heat this week and all our crews are exhausted at the end of the day.
"These workers are the unsung heroes that provide the public with a collection service 52 weeks a year, in all weather conditions
"We need to consider their safety and tailor our collections to ensure the crews are as productive as they can be during extreme temperatures.
“We are asking residents to work with us during this period of extreme weather and in line with the Health and Safety recommendations we will be starting our refuse and recycling collections from 5am, rather than 7am.”
All collections from Monday (22nd July) will be affected and the 5am collection time will remain until further notice.
The Health and Safety Executive has issued advice on working outdoors in hot environments.
Read their advice on how best to cope with working in warm conditions here.
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