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Town Hall war on fridge dumpers

PUBLISHED: 21:56 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:10 05 October 2010

HOUSEHOLDERS caught dumping old fridges and sofas on housing estates in East London could face hefty fines as Town Hall officials begin a new clamp down. Discarded appliances and furniture is costing Tower Hamlets council taxpayers £350,000 a year.

HOUSEHOLDERS caught dumping old fridges and sofas on housing estates in East London could face hefty fines as Town Hall officials begin a new clamp down.

Discarded appliances and furniture is costing Tower Hamlets council taxpayers £350,000 a year.

"We could deep-clean and repaint entire estates with the money we have to spend clearing rubbish," said housing management boss Terry Damiano.

"Dumping is senseless when we run free collections to help households get rid of unwanted bits and pieces."

Households can have two free collections a year for up to five bulky items each. Otherwise they risk unlimited fines and even jail for serious persistent offences.

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