You may be surprised to learn, that despite the government and independent organizations working hard to improve recycling rates, fly-tipping continues to be a huge problem in certain parts of the country. In fact, according to report undertaken by AnyJunk.co.uk and ApplianceOnline, 1 in 15 people in Newcastle fly-tip and a staggering 1 in 6 people fly-tip in Newham, London giving the borough the disappointing title of England’s Worst Fly-tippers.
So how can you ensure that when one of your large appliances needs replacing you don’t add to this ugly, environmental problem?
Here are my top tips:
WEEE with your electrical retailer
When you purchase your new appliance, your retailer has a responsibility through the Government’s WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive to recycle your old appliance. For a small fee, ranging from £9.99 to £25.00, they will collect and dispose of your appliance (like for like) in an environmentally-friendly way. Alternatively, some retailers will allow you to return an old appliance to their collection depot free of charge, once they have delivered your new appliance to you.
Recycle-More at your local recycling centre
If you can safely transport it yourself, take your appliance to your nearest recycling centre. A simple way to check if your local centre will take your appliance is to check out http://www.recycle-more.co.uk/banklocator/. Just type in your postcode and tick the appropriate box, e.g. Cooling Appliances, the website will display a local map with full contact details and directions to your nearest recycling centre.
Environmentally-friendly removal services
If you have no transport and are not buying a replacement appliance, you can also hire a junk removal service to dispose of your appliance. However, to ensure your appliance is removed, stored and disposed of safely and in an environmentally-friendly manner, make sure the company you use is registered with The Environment Agency, has a full license and is insured to undertake waste collection and disposal.
To find out if your borough is a recycling hero or fly-tipping offender, check out this ‘Fly tipping Heat Map’.
England’s Worst Fly-tippers – An infographic by the team at Appliances Online