A Moorlands resident has been told that a fridge freezer was “too dirty” to be dumped at a town tip. And the resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, was especially astounded at this as she had found the appliance fly-tipped near her home and thought she was “doing her bit” by taking it to the Cheadle Recycling Centre.
A Moorlands resident has been told that a fridge freezer was “too dirty” to be dumped at a town tip.
And the resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, was especially astounded at this as she had found the appliance fly-tipped near her home and thought she was “doing her bit” by taking it to the Cheadle Recycling Centre.
The resident told the Times & Echo: “I spotted a fly-tipped fridge freezer in a lane near my home on the outskirts of Cheadle.
“I reckon it was dumped late on Friday (May 7) night and I decided, when I was out and about running errands on Tuesday (May 11), to get one of my lads to help put it on my pick-up truck to get it gone to the Cheadle Recycling Centre.
“When I arrived at the Cheadle Recycling Centre I was told that I could not leave it there as it was too dirty and it smelt.
“I told the men there (at the recycling centre) that I had removed it from a lane where it had been fly-tipped and thought I was doing a good deed by taking it to the tip.
“However, I was told that it was too dirty to leave at the tip and that I needed to take it home and clean it first.
“Yes there was a bit of rainwater and a few leaves in there but I was astonished to be told that it needed to be clean first before it would be accepted at the tip.”
The resident further explained that she had since called Staffordshire Moorlands District Council who gave her an email address at Staffordshire County Council to contact about this as the county council has remit of the recycling centres. The resident said she emailed but had not received any reply.
Speaking on Friday (May 14), she added: “I still have the fridge freezer on the back of my pickup and I’m not sure what Ishould do with it.
“I feel like putting it back on the lane where I found it, but obviously I don’t want to get caught doing that, but I don’t feel that I should have to clean it before it being accepted at the tip.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous. Why could they not just accept it when I took it to the tip?
“They only go and put it in a container with the rest of the appliances. And it was not really dirty anyway.”
The Times & Echo contacted Staffordshire County Council to ask for a response to the resident’s concerns. Although they did not confirm, or deny, any policy about not accepting any appliances which are dirty, they did urge residents to report fly-tipping rather than taking items to the tips themselves.
Julia Jessel, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change at Staffordshire County Council, said: “Fly-tipping is illegal and a real blight on our countryside and I would encourage anyone who comes across it to report it to their district or borough council.
“We do appreciate it when residents take an interest in keeping their local area tidy, however we would always advise people to report fly tipping rather than trying to remove it themselves.
“Items could be harmful or dangerous and you have no idea what the items may contain.
“Staff have made arrangements to have the fridge collected by the appropriate service.”
The Times & Echo understands that, since we contacted the county council, the fridge freezer was collected from the resident on Monday (May 17) by a team from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council – the authority which has the remit to clear up fly-tipping.
Cheadle town councillor Richard Alcock, who put the resident in contact with the Times & Echo, said: “It’s an absolute disgrace. She malled the fridge freezer on her pickup truck after finding it had been fly-tipped but was told it was too dirty for the tip.”
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