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Fridge clean up begins

M Baker Recycling has won the contract to clear one of the sites of devastation left by bust fridge recycler Britannia Import Export that forms part of Manchesters fridge mountain.

Around 3,000 disused fridges lie waiting for treatment and recycling at the site in Oldham.

M Baker client and contracts manager Julianne Adams said the company, which won a National Recycling Award for its involvement in the All Island fridge disposal contract, hoped to have the Oldham site cleared by the second week of January.

Negotiations are still ongoing to determine who is responsible for paying for the clean up of Britannias three other abandoned sites, which hold the backlog of the dissolved companys defunct £1 million per year contract with the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.

The Environment Agency has brought a case against Britannia and its directors for breaches of two of its waste-management licence conditions, which will be heard in the Crown Court. A date for this will be set at a committal hearing on December 17.

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