The Government’s new waste strategy ”threatens to be a rubbish deal for small businesses at a time when they are already facing a squeeze during a period of high uncertainty,” said Nicola Bailey, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Development Manager for Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight.

“Many businesses are already under the cosh and coping with politicians’ inability to decide on Brexit or tackle the increasing costs hitting firms making British goods. Manufacturers now face a 900% increase in the cost burden associated with disposal or recycling of packaging.

“There has been very little scrutiny of the impact of these measures. If implemented badly, some businesses may simply pass these costs onto consumers.

“If small businesses are not given sufficient time to adapt to these new rules they may face additional costs. Worse, big firms might simply demand their small suppliers change on a whim.

“The strength of the UK economy relies on the small firms that make up 99% of all businesses in the country. But in these uncertain times, we must be pro-active to ensure all small firms have the support they need.

“Small businesses want to play their part in protecting the environment, many are the leaders in this field. The government must give small businesses time – and support – to adapt to environmental measures. Small businesses have tight margins and try and save every penny as it is.”

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