Pembrokeshire homeowners urged to remember their duty of care whilst spring-cleaning

By Observer Reporter in Environment

With two thirds of illegally dumped waste in Wales coming from households, Fly-tipping Action Wales is urging those taking part in National Spring Cleaning Week (6th - 10th March) to take pride in the quality of their local community and dispose of their unwanted household items responsibly.

As we head towards spring, homeowners, landlords and DIY enthusiasts across the nation will be having a traditional clear out. Fly-tipping Action Wales is asking people to make sure they use a registered waste carrier to collect any unwanted large household items or to donate them to a local charity store.

Gary Evans, programme manager at Fly-tipping Action Wales explains:

“Spring tends to be the time of year when it is out with the old and in with the new, but all too often these unwanted items such as old fridges, TVs and sofas, end up illegally dumped on the streets and across our beautiful countryside. Last year there were over 36,000 fly-tipping incidents across Wales at a clean-up cost to the tax payer of £2.1 million.

“We’re harnessing National Spring Cleaning Week again this year, to remind home owners and landlords to always use a registered waste carrier to remove unwanted household items. You can do this by always asking where they are taking your waste and by checking that they are a registered waste carrier on the Natural Resources Wales website.”

“Not everyone is aware that as householders, we all have a duty of care both socially and legally to make sure that waste from our homes is disposed of properly. If you don’t and your household items are found dumped, you could be fined up to £5,000, even if it’s someone else who has fly-tipped your waste.”

One solution for making sure unwanted household items are not illegally dumped but also remain out of landfills is to think of them as a resource for someone else, and donate your goods to local charities. As well as traditional charitable organisations who sell-on second hand items, there are a number of recycling and up-cycling organisations across Wales, with many of them collecting large items from people’s homes free of charge.

Jenny Sims from Haverfordwest based recycling charity Pembrokeshire Frame said: “Our mission is to reuse domestic items to keep waste off the streets and out of landfills, and give it a new lease of life for someone’s home. We re-cycle and up-cycle all sorts of household goods from larger items such as suites, wardrobes and sideboards to smaller items such as bric-a-brac, clothing and books.

“We collect items from people’s homes free of charge or you can drop your goods off to our warehouses. We make sure everything checked before it leaves us, and has been refurbished to the best possible standard. So there is no reason why anything that is re-usable should end up dumped illegally or sent to landfill.”

For further advice and guidance on how to dispose of large unwanted items legally and responsibly this spring, visit www.flytippingactionwales.org.

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