Friday, 23 August 2013

What happens to your washing machine when you give it to the scrap man?

It costs YOU money to tidy up
We have all heard those out of tune horns played by unlicensed scrap dealers who come around regularly looking for old white goods and other unwanted metal.

But have you ever considered what can happen once you give the scrap man your old washing machine? Today I found out.

After I became aware of an abandoned fridge freezer recently I contacted North West Leicestershire District Council to ask them to remove it and investigate to see if it would be possible to hold someone responsible for flytipping.

The response surprised me.

I am told that a problem which is becoming increasingly common is that white goods which are given to unlicensed scrap dealers are simply stripped of their motors (the bit that is apparently worth money) and then thrown off the back of the van onto grass verges and in laybys which, of course, costs you as taxpayers money because someone (usually the local council) has to clear those unsightly and often dangerous illegal dumping sites up.

If you have any unwanted old white goods or scrap metal please think about how you are going to dispose of them. Getting rid of electrical items, if it is done properly, COSTS money.

If you are thinking of giving a ripped out dishwasher to someone coming round playing an out of tune horn ask to see their waste disposal licence.

Remember, if you give an old fridge or washing machine to an unlicensed scrap dealer there is a very real possibility that you will be responsible for flytipping.

1 comment:

  1. ''If you have any unwanted old white goods or scrap metal please think about how you are going to dispose of them. Getting rid of electrical items, if it is done properly, COSTS money.'' Did you mean to say ' if it is done properly it cost money '' this sounds contary to your overall message !!

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