|Posted on Thursday, 30 June, 2005 - 07:22 am: |
I have recently had to get rid of a fridge and a washing machine , at seperate times.
Normally I would have contacted Lewisham Council who would have charges me GBP 25.00 each time.
I left the fridge out in front garden . It went same night. When I left the washing machine went in 72 hours. GBP 50.00 saved
I understand scrap metal is very valuable and I believe they are just being loaded into containers and sent to China.
If it is profitable to collect these metal items why are the council still charging GBP 25.00 each.
I recommend any one leaves the item in their front garden in future. Must be a metal item though
|Posted on Thursday, 30 June, 2005 - 08:29 am: |
Its OK if you have a front garden, but those of us who don't might be tempted to leave the items on the street, and Lewisham Council will the remove them for free BUT if you get caught they will prosecute you. If you live in Greenwich there is no charge for removal of these items which if you think about it probably costs the council less in the long term and avoids the problem of dumping across the borough.
|Posted on Thursday, 30 June, 2005 - 12:34 pm: |
OK BT good point
I would think most people have a little land close to the pavement to leave the item. It should not be there long.
I certainly would not encourage people to leave on pavement.
|Posted on Thursday, 30 June, 2005 - 08:31 pm: |
Some chaps in Davids Road seem to have taken Brian's approach to new extremes. There's nearly enough stuff in their front garden to do out a small flat.
I do think it's rather vulgar to deposit unwanted items in your front garden, though.
|Posted on Friday, 01 July, 2005 - 08:20 am: |
I take your point Brian, but when you live in a private block of flats like lots of us do we do not have the luxury of free council disposal and the rules of or leases prevent us from depositing stuff even in our rubbish areas, so it makes it even more difficult to leave stuff out even when we have arranged and paid for the council to collect it.
|Posted on Friday, 01 July, 2005 - 09:58 am: |
When you've been able to afford a hundred or more quid on a new piece of kitchen equipment why shouldn't you be expected to pay to have your old one collected? And if you live in a private block of flats surely it's still the council that takes your rubbish away as part of your council tax? It's only when scrap metal is worth something that it will be taken by passing scrapmerchants. So a while ago when it wasn't worth much dead cars were dumped on the street as there was no point taking them anywhere for scrap.
|Posted on Friday, 01 July, 2005 - 12:20 pm: |
Dear Hill Top General.
In answer to your point in being vulgar to deposit unwanted items in the front garden
Where would you propose I leave the items for the council to collect.
Let me state again I abhor people who just dump things in the street. I had every intention of phoning the council if not collected in say 7 days.
These scrap people collected in average 1.5 days I would think a lot better and cheaper than the council.
My point really was how can the council justify charging for items with a lot of metal content if people are collecting for nothing. Surely the council could send theirs to China as well.
|Posted on Wednesday, 06 July, 2005 - 12:29 am: |
I'll be dumping an ancient fridge in the near future. It would be good to know who these metal nickers are so that I can alert them in advance and invite them to come and collect!
(That's metal nickers, not metal knickers by the way. Metal knickers would be not be practical.)
|Posted on Wednesday, 06 July, 2005 - 11:59 am: |
There used to be quite a market in sending old fridges to Africa (in particular) but I understand that this is no longer the case. Perhaps it is something to do with environmental legislation? I can't remember. I wouldn't expect your fridge to disappear anymore - there's been one on Manor Mount for weeks and weeks that some oaf has dumped outside.
|Posted on Wednesday, 06 July, 2005 - 06:33 pm: |
I don't think Africa would want my fridge. It was 25 years old when I got it and I've had it for 9 years. It should really get a lifetime achievement award, not an unceremonial dumping.
|Posted on Wednesday, 06 July, 2005 - 06:46 pm: |
We bought a Hoover washing machine nearly 13 years ago when they were offering their disastrous free trips to New York publicity stunt. We never got to New York but the washing machine is still going strong.
|Posted on Wednesday, 06 July, 2005 - 08:34 pm: |
My sister bought a vacuum cleaner and got tickets to New York and she took me! Blimey was it 13 years ago?!