After just two weeks, small business owners and farmers are already discovering the true cost of the federal government’s controversial taxes. Source: Herald Sun
SMALL business owners, farmers and home renovators are among those already feeling the effect of the carbon tax as prices soar just two weeks after the scheme was introduced.
In one of the biggest increases since July 1, the cost of hiring mini skip bins has risen by at least $100, or 25 per cent, due to the green levy and a new state government waste charge.
The controversial federal tax, changes to the diesel fuel rebate and a big spike in refrigerant gas costs – all part of the government’s clean energy reforms – have also driven up prices of vegetables, seafood and even pizza boxes.
Skip bin operators have warned that some home owners have already opted to illegally dump their waste to escape the hefty price rises.
Sydney Skip Bins owner Craig Wills said customers were furious when told of the increases and he had already had to lay off two workers.
“This is utterly disastrous,” Mr Wills, an environmental scientist, said.
“On some of our bins it is now costing us more to dispose of the rubbish than we are getting back. I’m trying to do the right thing and I’m getting punished for it. And so are families.”
Larger bins, holding five cubic metres, have risen from $530 to hire to as much as $730.
In a double whammy for home renovators, the state government has lifted its waste levy from $13 a tonne at landfill sites to an average of $96 a tonne. Other industries are also hurting.
The minister addressed the issue of waste disposal directly.
“If people are presenting this rise as all carbon related they would need to be very careful,” he said.
“There are a range of factors behind the cost increase for disposal of waste including state government levies.
by: Simon Benson and Steve Lewis
From: The Daily Telegraph
July 16, 2012 12:00AM
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