It can be difficult to know just what to do with your old appliances and white goods like boilers, fridge-freezers and fridges. They’re big, they’re cumbersome and the vast majority of households simply won’t have a vehicle big enough to drive these goods off to the tip themselves. So what on earth are you supposed to do with them all?
Well, first things first – what you absolutely should not do is consider fly-tipping your boilers and fridges, dumping them on residential streets or in the countryside without another thought. This appears to be a growing problem in the UK, in fact, with the Daily Mail reporting this week (May 20th) that it costs the taxpayers and private landowners £10 million each year to clear up dumped waste.
So why has this become such a problem in recent years? It’s down in part to the fact that many local authorities around the country have introduced tight restrictions on who can and cannot use recycling facilities, and tradesmen are now being turned away from various sites because they’re only meant for local residents. Regulations have also been brought in that mean people in vans in various boroughs are unable to use recycling and refuse sites, whether their vans have branded markings on them or otherwise.
What this means is that local beauty spots are now being turned into dumps themselves by frustrated drivers who are unable to offload their waste at recycling centres. In Wales, for example, a 2,000-year-old Roman ditch in Peterstone, near Cardiff, has seen fly-tipping increase by 27 per cent in the last two years, with rubble now clogging the historic site.
If you do have a boiler to dispose of, it’s certainly worth remembering that fly-tipping is actually a criminal offence that could see you handed a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in jail in a magistrate’s court. This, however, rises to an unlimited fine or five years’ jail time if convicted in Crown Court.
So what can you do to get rid of your unwanted boiler without resorting to fly-tipping? The excellent news is that if your new boiler is installed by a qualified tradesperson, such as one of our friendly team here at Home Services Assistance, then it’s their legal responsibility to dispose of your old one.
This is in fact true for any waste created by someone carrying out work in your home or garden so you should make sure the cost of removal is included and agreed upon in the quote. Remember, however, that it’s your responsibility to make sure they have a valid waste carrier’s licence and that they give you details of where the waste is going to be taken for disposal.