I have just returned from the waste disposal/recycling depot on Burn Road after an unsuccessful trip.
I had an old fluorescent tube to dispose of.
As a responsible Hartlepool resident, I took it to the above site to dispose of it properly, as I have done in the past.
Since I could not find the correct skip for my fluorescent tube, I asked the attendant where I should put it.
“Back in your car” was his reply.
He went on to say that it was hazardous waste and that I needed to get specific permission from Hartlepool Borough Council and book an appointment to drop it off.
This is sheer lunacy!
It is precisely because it is hazardous waste that the council should make it as easy as possible to dispose of fluorescent tubes (and car batteries for that matter) in a controlled manner.
Otherwise they will end up smashed in wheelie bins or fly-tipped, which will have an undoubted detrimental effect on the environment.