The government has further delayed the implementation of EU rules for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment, pushing the start date for the UK law back to July 2007.
Under the latest proposals, manufacturers of electronic and electrical products would be charged up to £500 a year to recycle old equipment. Ministers have rejected pleas from industry to introduce a recycling charge paid when consumers buy new appliances, which producers say is a fairer way of disposing of waste.
The implementation date for the new rules has already been delayed three times since the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive was created in 2003. It was first meant to be implemented in August 2005.
The latest proposals, which are subject to consultation, would create a national “distributor take-back scheme” to collect used items from consumers, paid for by retailers.
This would be processed at accredited centres with the total cost of recycling shared between manufacturers and importers, according to their market share.Background checks hit employers
The Criminal Records Bureau is making employers wait for eight weeks or more to have checks completed on potential recruits, creating enormous constraints on operations, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.
The CRB currently charges £30 for a background check on potential recruits for employers working with vulnerable groups, such as children and the elderly.
Delays in CRB checks can cost applicants their jobs because small business owners often cannot afford to wait for official clearance to fill vacancies, according to the FSB.
David Croucher, FSB national crime policy chairman, said: “We recognise that these checks have to be made to protect the vulnerable people that our members serve. However, the tangle of red tape and delays that businesses have to suffer is unacceptable.”
Free seminars for online taxpayers
Companies House is holding free seminars in locations across the UK to help taxpayers understand how to file company information online using their Webfiling service.
The events will be attended by Companies House managers, who can answer specific questions about Webfiling as well
as explaining other electronic services being planned by the government agency.
The next seminar will be at Nottingham on September 19 before moving to Leicester, Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Reading and Ipswich.
Places can be booked by calling Phil Fox at Companies House on 029 2038 0893 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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