RESIDENTS could be fined if they leave fridges and freezers outside for the scrap man.
Redditch Borough Council officers are urging people to dispose of the items properly or face a fixed penalty notice of £75 for fly-tipping.
More than 90 white goods items, which include fridges, freezers and washing machines, were picked up in the borough last year.
But officers say many people do not realise that leaving them out for the scrap man is an offence.
The chemicals contained in fridges and freezers, especially older models, are dangerous and therefore need to be disposed of correctly.
Those left out for collection are often illegally stripped of metal releasing the hazardous refrigerants before the rest of the appliance is either left behind or fly-tipped.
Coun Debbie Taylor, who is responsible for environmental services on the council, said: “Most people don’t realise that it costs the scrap man money to dispose of a fridge – probably more than would be made selling the metal – so they are unlikely to take them and if they do it may be illegally and hazardously disposed of.
“It is better to get it disposed of correctly than face a fine for fly-tipping. Even better than that, you could be helping a disadvantaged family by donating your fridge or freezer to a charity.”
The items can be disposed of safely and for free at Redditch Household Recycling at Park Farm Industrial Estate.
Call 01527 881188 or visit a Customer Service Centre or One Stop Shop to arrange a collection for a charge of £7.50 for a single item.