§ Mr. Martlew
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what steps the Government are taking to ensure that discarded domestic refrigeration appliances producing CFC gases are collected in Cumbria. 
§ Mr. Mullin
Waste collection authorities have a duty under section 45 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, to collect household waste, including items such as refrigerators if requested. They also have a duty to collect waste which is fly-tipped, under section 59 of the Act. Similarly, waste disposal authorities have a duty to provide civic amenity sites, under section 51(1)(b) at which residents may deposit, for example, discarded refrigerators and that such sites are situatedwithin the area of the authority or so as to be reasonably accessible to persons resident in its area(section 51(2)(a)). Furthermore, local authorities have a "duty of care" (section 34(1)(b)) covering the receipt and holding of such waste, including CFCs contained within, whereby they must ensure that:all measures are taken as are reasonable in the circumstances to prevent the escape of the waste from their control.