November 17, 2006

Local government warns on recycling costs

The Local Government Association (LGA) fears that businesses will refuse to pay the cost of recycling electrical goods - leaving Council Taxpayers to pick up the bill, reports The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
From next July, retailers and manufacturers will have to pay for the recycling of more than a million tonnes of TVs, computers and mobile phones - equal to 2,500 jumbo jets.

But the LGA claims local authorities are being offered just £6,500 per site to upgrade their recycling centres.

Spokesman Clr Paul Bettison said: "It is totally unacceptable that the Council Taxpayer should be expected to shoulder the burden of new schemes that businesses should be paying for.

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