Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Hertfordshire could be facing a new menace of fly-tipped fridges, warned Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden. New EU regulations have just come into effect on the disposal of refrigerators, increasing the costs of disposal. Not only are their currently no facilities across the UK to dispose of fridges in the new required manner, but the Government has imposed extra costs on councils that could run to ?100 million a year.

    Peter Lilley said:

    “Hertfordshire faces a new fly-tipping threat. New EU regulations signed by the Government without fully understanding its implications, have landed firms across Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire County Council with an expensive headache.

    “The money handed to councils to collect and store old fridges will not cover their new costs. The Government has given ?6 million for all of England ? but the extra costs for some councils will be as high as ?1.6 million per council alone. With three million fridges disposed of each year, at an average cost of around ?40 per fridge, the public is facing an annual bill of well over ?100 million. Surely this money could be better spent elsewhere.

    “We already see how the high costs of disposing of old vehicles can lead to the menace of dumped cars. Now Hertfordshire?s residents face either more fly-tipping or a hit in their wallet to pay for collection and disposal. This is a serious concern. As well as being unsightly and environmentally unsafe, dumped fridges pose a danger to the public, particularly children, and this is all caused by Labour?s incompetence.?