On Thursday 21st March, a police motorway patrol officer made the shocking discovery that hundreds of fire extinguishers had been dumped near the M62. PC Martin Willis found the pile of extinguishers on Windy Hill. Just above junction 22 on the M62 between Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
Due to the location, it wasn’t clear who was responsible for the initial clean-up, which eventually fell within the remit of Rochdale council.
Councillor Neil Emmot, of Rochdale Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment, has issued the following statement;
“We investigate all complaints of fly tipping and won’t hesitate to take action against those responsible.”
Businesses have a legal duty of care to dispose of their old fire extinguishers safely and legitimately. This should be done through a licensed waste carrier.
Failure to dispose of extinguishers in a safe and legal manner can result in prosecution. Even if they have been outsourced to a third party.
Some local authorities will have privately owned recycling centers, who would be willing to accept charged fire extinguishers. However, it is important to check before dropping off your old extinguishers because of the different substances within the extinguisher.