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Leaves and a fruit machine!

PUBLISHED: 22:23 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 05 July 2010

IT'S been another busy week for the team tasked with tidying our town, with 18 tonnes of leaves removed and fly tipping illegally dumped in a beauty spot.

IT'S been another busy week for the team tasked with tidying our town, with 18 tonnes of leaves removed and fly tipping illegally dumped in a beauty spot.

Mike Daniels, street cleansing manager at Waveney District Council said they were also tasked with having to dispose of a fruit machine, one of the most bizarre items to date.

Mr Daniels said the most disappointing news of the week was fridges abandoned on the green space at Bonds Meadow.

He said: “Local volunteer groups support the area, help with its upkeep and invest time and energy in planting bulbs and new plants. They must feel terribly disheartened to see such disregard for all their efforts.

“Not only is this type of behaviour selfish, it is also extremely dangerous for young children and wildlife. As well as leakages, there have been incidents of children suffocating inside illegally dumped fridges and freezers. Bonds Meadow is very popular with children and fly-tipping of any sort can pose a real hazard.

“If you are able to drive your fridge to an area of open space, surely it isn't too much of a stretch to take it to a safe disposal site.”

Mr Daniels said despite this dangerous situation at Bonds Meadow, there was only 10 other reported incidents this week.

“The team has removed bags from Mill Road, Clifton Road, Queens Road and Reeve Street, as well as mattresses from Tom Crisp Way and Church Road. A fruit machine had to be the most bizarre item of the week. This was retrieved from the rear access of London Road South.

“The sharp frost and windy weather has brought down lots of leaves and this week we have removed approximately 18 tonnes from public areas.”

All of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in the area have containers for the safe disposal of the main types of household electrical and electronic waste including fridges and freezers, televisions and computer monitors, large and small appliances, fluorescent tubes and energy saving light bulbs.

They are operated by the county council visit www.suffolkcc.gov.uk or telephone 0845 6066067 for further details.

Alternatively, Waveney operates a bulky household waste collection service for household items. Visit the refuse pages of the council's website at www.waveney.gov.uk for further information.

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