Bin trucks use to reinforce the ‘stay home’ message

One of the trucks with the 'stay home' message.

Richmondshire’s nine bin trucks have taken to the roads today with a special ‘stay home, save lives’ message emblazoned on their sides.

The district council has taken up the chance to promote the national NHS message to its residents through the vehicles.

Roadvert’s Spedian system – which is used by the authority to display advertising on the sides of the wagons – is working in partnership with Public Health England to get the message out to local people.

It offered two free panels but the district council decided to have them fitted on all its trucks, so paid for the remaining seven.

They were all fitted observing social distancing measures.

“These vehicles are going to every part of the Richmondshire district every week so it’s a great way of promoting this message,” said corporate director, Colin Dales.

“We have some very remote areas which might not be getting as much information as those people living in our towns and this is a great way of reaching them.

“It’s also a vital message – stay home, save lives and protect the NHS.”

The district council is maintaining its fortnightly collections of household waste and recycling through the pandemic, with waste operatives adhering to social distancing measures.

Householders are asked to make sure all waste and recycling is contained in their boxes, bags and bins as extra waste cannot be taken. [kofi]