Concerns have been raised for the safety of crews members for the Cotswolds waste service provider Ubico Ltd.

In recent weeks, crew members working for Cotswold District Council's waste service provider have raised concerns over a number of instances where residents have attempted to recycle broken glass.

Cotswold District Council is urging residents to ensure they recycle responsibly to avoid unnecessary injury to waste operatives.

They say it's a significant health and safety hazard and increases the risk of crew members sustaining cuts and other injuries.

Ubico has instructed its crews to avoid collecting boxes which they identify as containing broken glass, and is calling on residents to help avoid this risk by recycling responsibly.

If residents do need to dispose of broken glass, it should be carefully wrapped in paper, bubble wrap or carrier bags and disposed of in the black, general waste bin.

Cllr Andrew Doherty, Cotswold District Council cabinet member for waste, said: “Ubico work extremely hard to ensure all waste is collected and processed correctly, and keeping our crews safe is of the utmost importance.

"Handling broken glass is dangerous so if crews handle kerbside boxes containing it, they have been advised by Cotswold District Council and Ubico to exercise caution and refuse to take it."

“If you are unsure how to recycle glass safely, contact the customer service team.”