OR FRIDGE FREEZERS
THE STREET COULD
LEAD TO FINE!
I can see this policy being spread across
Please read article below.
Lichfield and Burntwood residents
warned not to leave fridges and freezers
out for scrap metal collectors
By Ross on 8th January, 2016
People living in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to dispose
of unwanted fridges and freezers correctly.
Lichfield District Council said there had been an increase in the amount
of white goods being left on pavements or dumped across the region.
The local authority said residents have been leaving items on the street for
scrap metal traders to take away – but because scrap metal disposal centres
are no longer allowed to accept these appliances, the council believes that
rogue scrap metal collectors are removing the parts that can be easily sold,
such as the condensers and motors, and leaving the remaining items or dumping them.
Cllr Iain Eadie
Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet member for waste management
at Lichfield District Council, said: “It’s really important that
everyone understands their responsibilities around disposing of
unwanted goods to avoid fly-tipping penalties.
“Since metal recycling centres stopped accepting fridges and freezers,
because of the need to deal with CFC gasses, we’ve noticed a sharp rise
in how many are being left across the district.
“This is why we’re encouraging everyone to take unwanted items to
Household Recycling Centres, or use registered waste carriers to take
them away, to make sure their property does not come back to haunt them.”
The council is warning residents that placing items on the street for collection
by scrap metal dealers is classed as fly-tipping and could lead to a fine or
Bulky items such as fridges and freezers, as well as furniture, can be disposed
of at Household Recycling Centres in Lichfield and Burntwood.
“We want to take this opportunity to remind local people that you need to
make sure that if you pay someone to remove and dispose of any waste on
your behalf that they are registered with the Environment Agency as a
waste carrier,” added Cllr Eadie.
Lichfield District Council also offers a bulky waste collection service.
It costs £15 to have one item removed, with extra items costing £6.20 each.
A maximum of four items can be removed at a time. Discounts are available
for anyone claiming housing benefit.
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