The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) supports the ACCA’s assertion that SMEs need more support to ensure sustainability is embedded in their business practices. Minimising waste and increasing resource efficiency not only benefits the environment but makes business sense as well. Reduced overhead costs, savings in time and money as well as the business benefits of being seen to be green are all motivating factors for small businesses to manage their waste strategically.
However the FSB believes it would be wrong to try to attempt to put in place any form of mandatory reporting standards for small firms. Not only does the burden of regulation and compliance lie heavily on the smallest of businesses, small firms face underlying structural problems which stop them from accessing suitable waste and recycling services and facilities.
Many local authorities do not offer these facilities for the small volumes of waste that small firms produce. This also means that they cannot attract the services of private waste and recycling companies. These must be addressed before small firms can truly play their part in a world without waste
The FSB believes only when small firms are able to access suitable waste services will they will be allowed to embrace the environmental and economic benefits managing their waste in a sustainable way has to offer.
John Walker, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses