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Fuel duty "could see costs passed to waste producers"

The 0.76p a litre rise in fuel duty could see additional costs passed to waste producers, the director of a national commercial and industrial waste company has warned.

Bagnall and Morris Waste Services (B&M) director Neil Curtis told MRW: “The sad inevitability of the price rise is that eventually all waste producers may have some of the additional costs passed on to them across the industry.”

This month’s increase is the third increase in fuel duty in over a year, following rises of a penny a litre in April 2010, and a further penny rise in October.

Curtis warned that like all waste management companies, B&M would also be affected by the rise, he said: “Our fleet is at the core of our business and while we invest in innovative vehicles and carefully monitor our routes to ensure efficiency for ourselves and our customers, this increase is bound to add to our cost base.”

However, Curtis added that the company, which operates nationwide will continue running its fleet of over 100 vehicles.

He said: “We are doing everything we can to minimise the impact that this increase has on our business.”

Another increase in fuel duty is planned for April, and could be as high as 3.5 pence per litre according to FairFuel UK.

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