Refrigerators: Waste Disposal

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd July 2017.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of potential risk posed by granulated refrigerator foam on abandoned waste sites in the UK; and how many sites are affected by such potential risks.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency recognises that polyurethane foam could cause a risk to health if it catches fire. That is why, in the Bassetlaw constituency, the Environment Agency, county and district councils have set funds aside and are making plans to remove this foam as soon as possible.

The Environment Agency is aware of two further sites where this material has been abandoned.

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