What’s the true cost of commercial waste in the UK?
What is the true cost of commercial waste in the UK? Can we solve it? Can we resolve it?
Commercial Waste Management Costs in the UK
Recent research shows that a fifth of all the waste in England is created by businesses. These businesses have to be incentivized by laws and fines to reduce pollution. Currently, there is an increase in landfill tax, paid by any company creating landfill waste to 91.35 pounds per tonne. This price is only going to increase as the government is trying to get companies to recycle instead of participating in any type of waste disposal unless absolutely necessary. There are even gate fees paid by companies to local authorities to dispose of waste, priced at 20 pounds per tonne.
The Impacts on Small Businesses
Despite the benefits that come with the taxes on waste disposal being increased, there are also setbacks. These setbacks primarily affect small companies. A small business is estimated to pay a total of £384 pounds each year on waste from skip hire companies. This cost doesn’t include the price of waste energy, labor or other disposal costs. Consequently, recycling has become a less expensive method of waste management than landfill disposal. But small companies simply do not have access to the same benefits larger companies have. There is no access to cost-effective recycling or residential recycling schemes run by councils.
Essentially, the true cost of commercial waste disposal in the UK varies. The cost may be relatively manageable for large-scale operations but for small entities, it can be formidable and even in extreme cases insurmountable.