Lichfield and Burntwood residents warned not to leave fridges and freezers out for scrap metal collectors

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

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 court action.

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.

To book a collection call the team on 0345 002 0022.

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2 Comments

  1. Meh

    8th January, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Cheaper to get the replacement fridge freezer delivery company to take it away! Most offer a drop off new take away old deal.

  2. Simon Partridge

    8th January, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Isn’t the obvious solution for the council to waive the £15 fee for collecting fridges and freezers?

    How much would that cost as opposed to the expense of clearing away fly tipped appliances?