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Skip operators dismayed over fuel tax increase

The Chancellors budget fuel tax increase will make skip operator services expensive and lead to householders dumping their rubbish over hedges, according to Wolverhampton-based skip company Stitchacre.

Alistair Darling delayed a planned two pence a litre increase in fuel duty for six months but skip operators say that it will have an adverse affect on the environment.

Stitchacre provides skips for businesses and householders to put their rubbish in. The skips are then taken to recycling centres to salvage recyclable materials.

Transport director Stephen Mcaulisse told MRW: Unfortunately, the cost will have to be passed onto our customers. This may lead to them to say that it is too expensive and then they will start throwing away their rubbish over hedges or burning it. This may lead to an increase in flytipping which the council will have to pay to clear up with taxpayers money.

If the money raised from the fuel tax went to fund recycling services then it would be good. But the Government seem to provide grants for one thing and take it away in another.

Abbey Fuelcards, a fuel solutions firm that provides cards used to buy discount diesel and petrol, said that skip operators had been let down by the budget. Sales and marketing manager Steve Clarke said: The chancellor has missed a perfect opportunity to help a vital sector of the UK economy. Merely putting off a tax increase is of minimal value to an industry already shackled by punitive levels of taxation. Skip operators needed a significant fuel tax reduction, but this has just made effective fuel cost management more important than ever.

Image: Diesel pump

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