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Ambulance made up of washing machines and fridges to be displayed in Ashby shows extent of fly-tipping emergency

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

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AN ambulance made up of illegally discarded fridges and washing machines is to be displayed in a town centre as a council aims to highlight its fly-tipping emergency.

Chiefs at North West Leicestershire District Council came up with the idea of crafting items which have been dumped unceremoniously in the area into an ambulance.

Councils in Britain spend more than £75 million clearing rubbish left behind by fly-tippers and the authority is aiming to show how the cash could be better spent, such as providing ambulances, libraries and leisure centres.

In March, the district saw one of its worst cases of fly-tipping ever when a huge pile of waste containing plastic, wood and textiles was dumped near Castle Donington.

The 'ambulance of waste' will be on display in Market Street, Ashby, between 3pm and 4.30pm, next Tuesday.

Alison Smith, deputy leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: "Fly-tipping is a blight on our local environment, a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health, a hazard to wildlife and, as this campaign highlights, a drain on the public purse.

" It's also completely unnecessary, as the council provides a range of information and services to safely and cheaply dispose of household goods."

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