BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- As winter sets in Waste Management reminds, unsheltered community members to stay out of trash cans for their safety and of drivers.

“Waste Management requests that the community please stay out of waste containers, for your safety, and for the safety of our drivers. We understand individuals may go to great lengths to seek cover from severe weather. However, if someone is inside a waste container when it is emptied, there is a significant risk of injury or death. By working with our customers and exercising additional vigilance, we hope to reduce this risk,” said Tony Franco, area safety manager.

Photo Courtesy Waste Management

Waste Management makes safety a priority when handling community waste. Some people see waste containers as providing options to stay warm during winter seasons—which is dangerous, due to waste containers are also pieces of heavy industrial equipment, serviced by heavy collection trucks with hydraulic crushing equipment. Tragedy can result when people climb into waste containers.