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The Federation of Small Businesses has expressed dissatisfaction that small companies have to pay for waste to be recycled. The FSB is urging the council in East Riding to sign up to a new Government commitment, Business Recycling and Waste Services Commitment. The commitment would help to reduce costs for small businesses in the East Riding area, as waste would be recycled free of charge. All local authorities are being urged to sign up to the new commitment, since a review carried out by Defra.

Currently, small businesses in East Riding pay for a commercial operator or the council to dispose of business waste. Regional chairman of FSB, Gordon Millward said:

“The tipping charges levied by local authorities are just one of the many major barriers to growth in the small business sector. The hopes of economic recovery are dependent very much on the ability of the UK’s four million small businesses to create the wealth and jobs which will bring about economic success.”

Millward further states that the councils can help small businesses to reduce costs of recycling waste, although the East Riding council have not been forthcoming. A director of a company in Bridlington believes that the cost of recycling business waste discourages small firms from taking part in recycling. Ray Allerston, Bridlington councillor is in agreement with the FSB, especially as the huge cost of recycling business waste has led to the increase of fly tipping. This costs more for the council to deal with than the cost of allowing small businesses to recycle their waste for free.

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