Electrical goods crushed at East Lancashire's tips to help deter thieves

ELECTRICAL items are being crushed at recycling centres across East Lancashire to deter thieves.

Waste giants Sita, which run centres in Accrington, Barnoldswick, Blackburn, Burnley and Longridge said the majority of its sites now crushed electrical items.

Trespassing and attempts to steal items that have been dumped have been a major issue at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on the Heasandford Industrial Estate in Burnley, with the issue a priority for neighbourhood police for several months.

Father-of-five Jason Mark Marren, 32, was found dead at the Whinney Hill landfill site, in Accrington, in September last year.

Police believed he may have been looking for items to sell at the Burnley site and fallen in.

The firm said the items were being crushed to make waste easier to transfer, with the added benefit of deterring thieves from breaking in to the sites and looking for items to steal.

A spokesman for Sita said: “Deterring thieves and stopping potential thefts is a side benefit.

“We crush the items for other reasons. A lot of the items are different shapes, such as TVs, toasters, fridges, and so they will not fit neatly into the containers without being crushed.

“Also, by crushing the items to make them smaller it means we can use less lorries to transport the waste.

“We want to keep as many lorries off the road as we can. People who live nearby don’t want the noise of the lorries and we can reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs.”

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11:21am Fri 27 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

Isn't that sort of counter-productive to the whole ethos of recycling? If someone else can repair and re-use the items, that's better than trashing them AND it keeps lorries off the roads.

Crushing TOASTERS so that they fit into the huge containers at recycling centres????? Aye, 'cause they take up loads of room, toasters do.
Isn't that sort of counter-productive to the whole ethos of recycling? If someone else can repair and re-use the items, that's better than trashing them AND it keeps lorries off the roads. Crushing TOASTERS so that they fit into the huge containers at recycling centres????? Aye, 'cause they take up loads of room, toasters do. happycyclist

11:22am Fri 27 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

I bet they crush old bikes up, too. Idiots.
I bet they crush old bikes up, too. Idiots. happycyclist

11:24am Fri 27 Apr 12

ghanto says...

wouldnt it be better if good items were put up for sale at the site at cheap price
this would first allow the site to make money towards costs of recycling
2ndly would have plenty of space
3rdly would prevent accidents
wouldnt it be better if good items were put up for sale at the site at cheap price this would first allow the site to make money towards costs of recycling 2ndly would have plenty of space 3rdly would prevent accidents ghanto

11:31am Fri 27 Apr 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Thats a bit daft don't you think when further down the road you've got people on benefits claiming for furniture and other goods like fridges. Why not do the ultimate recycle and just use them again.
Thats a bit daft don't you think when further down the road you've got people on benefits claiming for furniture and other goods like fridges. Why not do the ultimate recycle and just use them again. Keep Darwen Green

11:33am Fri 27 Apr 12

Lifeinthemix says...

all the metals are shifting out of the country and so to all goods they can remove from the future of trade outside the monster they are implementing....the feudal system, understand it.
all the metals are shifting out of the country and so to all goods they can remove from the future of trade outside the monster they are implementing....the feudal system, understand it. Lifeinthemix

12:18pm Fri 27 Apr 12

GIBUCK says...

I visit refuse tips to discard my household rubbish and its amazing that those that are working on these sites put all metals and saleable items to one side, they then contact their friends, get a few quid dropped in their back sack and the collector then carts the items of and sells them on or disposes of them to the scrap yards ......and thats fact
I visit refuse tips to discard my household rubbish and its amazing that those that are working on these sites put all metals and saleable items to one side, they then contact their friends, get a few quid dropped in their back sack and the collector then carts the items of and sells them on or disposes of them to the scrap yards ......and thats fact GIBUCK

12:47pm Fri 27 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

Why don't councils just let the gipsies run any metal recycling, and have people take their scrap metal to them?

Save the council money and nobody is going to be stealing from them unless they want a good hiding, so save on police resources, too.
Why don't councils just let the gipsies run any metal recycling, and have people take their scrap metal to them? Save the council money and nobody is going to be stealing from them unless they want a good hiding, so save on police resources, too. happycyclist

3:19pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Izanears says...

I helped to clear the house of an elderly lady who had died.
There was all types of Mobility and other equipment designed for the sick folks. I phoned a number of agencies and organisations to ask if they wanted them, but all refused.
Knowing the price of a Zimmer frame and crutches and toilet aids, I put an awful lot of taxpayers money into the skip at the recycling centre!
I helped to clear the house of an elderly lady who had died. There was all types of Mobility and other equipment designed for the sick folks. I phoned a number of agencies and organisations to ask if they wanted them, but all refused. Knowing the price of a Zimmer frame and crutches and toilet aids, I put an awful lot of taxpayers money into the skip at the recycling centre! Izanears

3:24pm Fri 27 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

Izanears wrote:
I helped to clear the house of an elderly lady who had died.
There was all types of Mobility and other equipment designed for the sick folks. I phoned a number of agencies and organisations to ask if they wanted them, but all refused.
Knowing the price of a Zimmer frame and crutches and toilet aids, I put an awful lot of taxpayers money into the skip at the recycling centre!
I've heard tales like that before.

There is a culture of waste and inefficiency in this country that is staggering in its stupidity.
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: I helped to clear the house of an elderly lady who had died. There was all types of Mobility and other equipment designed for the sick folks. I phoned a number of agencies and organisations to ask if they wanted them, but all refused. Knowing the price of a Zimmer frame and crutches and toilet aids, I put an awful lot of taxpayers money into the skip at the recycling centre![/p][/quote]I've heard tales like that before. There is a culture of waste and inefficiency in this country that is staggering in its stupidity. happycyclist

3:29pm Fri 27 Apr 12

tenerc says...

they are crushing things with dangerous waste in them!!

tv`s have mercury, fridge/freezers have freon / CFC both not very enviro friendly.

and they wonder why i don`t recycle!
they are crushing things with dangerous waste in them!! tv`s have mercury, fridge/freezers have freon / CFC both not very enviro friendly. and they wonder why i don`t recycle! tenerc

5:02pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Brian Todd says...

I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements??
Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items?
I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements?? Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items? Brian Todd

5:02pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Brian Todd says...

I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements??
Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items?
I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements?? Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items? Brian Todd

5:02pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Brian Todd says...

I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements??
Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items?
I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements?? Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items? Brian Todd

5:02pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Brian Todd says...

I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements??
Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items?
I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements?? Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items? Brian Todd

5:03pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Brian Todd says...

I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements??
Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items?
I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements?? Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items? Brian Todd

5:03pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Brian Todd says...

I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements??
Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items?
I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements?? Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items? Brian Todd

5:03pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Brian Todd says...

I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements??
Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items?
I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements?? Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items? Brian Todd

5:03pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Brian Todd says...

I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements??
Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items?
I can not see how "crushing" electrical items conforms to the WEEE requirements?? Is this not contrary to government policy on Electrical Waste items? Brian Todd

5:16pm Fri 27 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

Haha... having problems with the 'submit' button, Toddy?
Haha... having problems with the 'submit' button, Toddy? happycyclist

5:57pm Fri 27 Apr 12

chris26 says...

haslingden tip dont need a crusher..... they use a couple of vans and and the workers cars..... that makes it disapear....
haslingden tip dont need a crusher..... they use a couple of vans and and the workers cars..... that makes it disapear.... chris26

6:29pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Your ferret stinks says...

ELECTRICAL items are being crushed at recycling centres across East Lancashire to deter thieves.

Try starting with your own employees who believe it's their god given right to help themselves as they see fit! they even walk around with their own customised hook for lifting out bathtaps, sinktaps or anything brass or copper which immediately goes in the boot of their car and has been going on for years.
ELECTRICAL items are being crushed at recycling centres across East Lancashire to deter thieves. Try starting with your own employees who believe it's their god given right to help themselves as they see fit! they even walk around with their own customised hook for lifting out bathtaps, sinktaps or anything brass or copper which immediately goes in the boot of their car and has been going on for years. Your ferret stinks

7:27pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Lifeinthemix says...

so we are all agreed...lets go and kick their eds in....lol
so we are all agreed...lets go and kick their eds in....lol Lifeinthemix

8:35pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Your ferret stinks wrote:
ELECTRICAL items are being crushed at recycling centres across East Lancashire to deter thieves.

Try starting with your own employees who believe it's their god given right to help themselves as they see fit! they even walk around with their own customised hook for lifting out bathtaps, sinktaps or anything brass or copper which immediately goes in the boot of their car and has been going on for years.
Same thing going on at Clitheroe they are to busy filling up their cars with goodies than actually help you unload.
[quote][p][bold]Your ferret stinks[/bold] wrote: ELECTRICAL items are being crushed at recycling centres across East Lancashire to deter thieves. Try starting with your own employees who believe it's their god given right to help themselves as they see fit! they even walk around with their own customised hook for lifting out bathtaps, sinktaps or anything brass or copper which immediately goes in the boot of their car and has been going on for years.[/p][/quote]Same thing going on at Clitheroe they are to busy filling up their cars with goodies than actually help you unload. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

10:42pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Chris 283 sucks all the mercury out of fluorecsent tubes then spits it in a spitoon until he has enough for his alchemy experiments.
His travelling friends bring him drain lids and, after gargling the mercury to produce fresh saliva he coats each drain lid and waits for it to turn to gold. So far he has had 7,500 drain lids that are going to change any time soon. Just need to gargle a bit more mercury to get rid of this headache.
Chris 283 sucks all the mercury out of fluorecsent tubes then spits it in a spitoon until he has enough for his alchemy experiments. His travelling friends bring him drain lids and, after gargling the mercury to produce fresh saliva he coats each drain lid and waits for it to turn to gold. So far he has had 7,500 drain lids that are going to change any time soon. Just need to gargle a bit more mercury to get rid of this headache. Keep Darwen Green

3:22am Sat 28 Apr 12

anonther says...

ghanto wrote:
wouldnt it be better if good items were put up for sale at the site at cheap price
this would first allow the site to make money towards costs of recycling
2ndly would have plenty of space
3rdly would prevent accidents
I would be happy for the operatives to crush anything they wanted to if the daft brain dead LCC would reopen Great Harwood HWRC.
[quote][p][bold]ghanto[/bold] wrote: wouldnt it be better if good items were put up for sale at the site at cheap price this would first allow the site to make money towards costs of recycling 2ndly would have plenty of space 3rdly would prevent accidents[/p][/quote]I would be happy for the operatives to crush anything they wanted to if the daft brain dead LCC would reopen Great Harwood HWRC. anonther

11:04am Thu 3 May 12

Mzwhippet says...

Fluorescent tubes, fridges, freezers and all harmful electricals go in separate containers and are collected by different firms. And the staff on site don't take anythig for personal use or sell items. For a start they dot park their cars on the yard and secondly they are on camera all day and it is a sckable offence to even stick something in their pocket. You people really need to do some research before making judgement. Everything that comes onto the site is safely stored collected and recycled and if people do not want their items to simply be crushed then maybe they should take them elsewhere? Electrical equipment isn't allowed to be reused due to health and safety issues.
Fluorescent tubes, fridges, freezers and all harmful electricals go in separate containers and are collected by different firms. And the staff on site don't take anythig for personal use or sell items. For a start they dot park their cars on the yard and secondly they are on camera all day and it is a sckable offence to even stick something in their pocket. You people really need to do some research before making judgement. Everything that comes onto the site is safely stored collected and recycled and if people do not want their items to simply be crushed then maybe they should take them elsewhere? Electrical equipment isn't allowed to be reused due to health and safety issues. Mzwhippet

11:10am Thu 3 May 12

Mzwhippet says...

Also the employees have hooks and pull things out of skips that aren't supposed to be there and there is a separate container for nonferrous metals hence why they pull them out. They also pull out all other recyclable materials that the general public carelessly throw into he general waste akip
Also the employees have hooks and pull things out of skips that aren't supposed to be there and there is a separate container for nonferrous metals hence why they pull them out. They also pull out all other recyclable materials that the general public carelessly throw into he general waste akip Mzwhippet

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