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Lifesaving bin crew nominated for award

Published 6th April 2018

Left to right are Michael Fox, Mohammed Arsib, Jason Tustin, Javed Iqbal who are shortlisted in this year’s National Recycling Awards 

A recycling bin collection team who saved the life of a resident who suffered a stroke are shortlisted in this year’s National Recycling Awards.

Driver Jason Tustin and loaders Mohammed Arsib, Michael Fox and Javed Iqbal collect blue lid recycling bins and food waste bins across the borough.

The team have got to know many residents on their rounds and keep an eye out for vulnerable people.

Last December, they came to the aid of a gentleman who had collapsed in his home and called the emergency services. They supported the police and ambulance in getting to him and the man’s family credited them with saving his life – he had suffered a major stroke. He’s since recovered and the crew continue to keep an eye out for him.

The crew, who work for Sandwell Council’s waste partner Serco, are shortlisted in the Team of the Year – Commercial category.

The team were nominated by their bosses because of their commitment to their job – as well as a series of achievements and good deeds they’ve done in the community.

The team’s managers regularly receive compliments about Jason, Mohammed, Michael and Javed – praising them for being friendly, helpful and committed to helping Sandwell recycle.

They also tipped off the police when they discovered empty machete boxes in a recycling bin.

The National Recycling Awards honour achievements in the UK recycling and waste industry.

John Mason, Contract General Manager at Serco said: "We are incredibly proud that the team has been recognised on a national level for the great job they do, day in day out. They are a true asset to Serco and the waste partnership.”

The winners of the National Recycling Awards will be announced on June 28.