New European Union rules for dumping old television sets could lead to a repeat of the fridge mountain fiasco, MPs ...
New European Union rules for dumping old television sets could lead to a repeat of the fridge mountain fiasco, MPs have been warned.
Waste experts from the Local Government Association told a House of Commons committee there were questions over exactly what was meant by hazardous waste, and if landfill dumps can accept it in future.
Ian Fielding, waste services manager at Hampshire CC, warned the environment committee of the possible impact of forthcoming EU rules over disposal of old electrical goods.
He said: 'Local authorities need to know whether TV sets will be classified as hazardous and whether we will have a ban affecting disposal.'
Sue Ellis, head of the waste policy division at the Department of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, said if an old television is dumped in a wheelie bin it is not regarded as hazardous, but if it is taken to a civic amenity site, it is defined as hazardous waste.