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Donít Dump A Death Trap ó Council Collections End Fly-tipping Misery
Thursday 23rd June, 2005

Donít Dump A Death Trap ó Council Collections End Fly-tipping Misery
Chilling Sight: A dangerous fly-tipped fridge found in Wigan.

£10 could save a childís life.

Itís no charity appeal but a stark fact from Wiganís waste management bosses who are urging fly-tippers to consider the potentially lethal consequences of their irresponsible actions.

The borough has seen a sharp increase in fly-tipping in recent weeks prompting a call for residents to dispose of their bulky, unwanted items responsibly.

Furniture, fridges and trade waste is all being dumped in Wiganís countryside causing health hazards and dangers to children and animals.

The message from waste management bosses is ó if you canít get rid of it safely and legally yourself call the council.

Assistant Director of Engineering Services Paul McKevitt said:

ďThe council has a very competitive collection service. For a call out fee of just £10 our teams will take away and responsibly dispose of up to seven items of bulky waste.Ē

This cost compares with £15 on the Wirral and £17 in Salford.

Fly-tipping now attracts fines of up to £50,000 since the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act came into effect this month. Littering is now illegal in all open spaces, closing a loophole which previously meant it was not an offence to drop litter on other peopleís property.

The councilís cleansing team is on the front line of picking up rubbish and has seen fly-tipping increase first hand.

A dedicated new team has been assembled to police the problem, but, as experienced cleansing operative Ken Littler says, the concern is for children.

ďA broken cupboard, fridge or chemical drum left in a ditch could easily become a deathtrap for kids playing,Ē says Ken. ďFor the £10 it costs to get us to collect it would you want a tragedy on your conscience?Ē

Fridges contain harmful chemicals and valuable metals, all of which can be reclaimed. Such items collected in Wigan are all stripped for re-use, which saves resources and contributes to tough government recycling targets placed on everyone in the borough.

The cleansing team will collect up to seven items of bulky material, such as free standing furniture, for £10. Anyone who wants to take advantage of the service can call (01942) 404364 to arrange collection or you can find out more and arrange a collection on-line.

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