Fee comes at too high a price, says haulers
Waste haulers and movers, who are dead-set against the Government’s new garbage disposal fee, say it has come at too high a price not only for them, but the entire country, and is therefore unsustainable.
Over the weekend the group also warned that the new fee would significantly impact the operating costs within many economic sectors, including construction, manufacturing, retail, distribution and food processing.
“For example, site clearing and foundation costs could add as much as $15,000; a fast food chain can expect an additional cost of $600,000 per annum; retail businesses can expect additional cost of $10 0000 per outlet each year,” Charles Read explained.
He further stated that it was not about businesses getting an additional tax , which they were not happy about, but more so about the tax that will affect the average consumer.
“This is a tax that gets passed on to the consumer, whether you’re a business or a private. An average skip cost can increase by $500 and an average dump truck cost by $600,” he said.
Furthermore, he said operators would be expected to pay between $2,000 and $15 000 per week depending on their waste type.
Read therefore cautioned that the fee was likely to become an expense that will place many small businesses at risk of closure.
A member of the waste haulers group Arnel Evelyn, also warned that if the fees were to continue, it would have many negative connotations for him and his business.
“I came into business to make a profit and if I can’t make a profit it may drive me out of business or it may stop me from growing,” he said.
Ernest King of Quality Business Services also expressed concern about illegal dumping, saying it was likely to increase as persons try to avoid paying the fees at the SBRC.
He noted that the Sanitation Service Authority had reported that they were collecting around 10 ten-wheeler truckloads of illegally dumped garbage before the tipping fee.
“There are profound costs that can result to the economy in terms of the clean-up costs, the increased costs of the health services as a result in a spike in mosquito-borne illnesses and also the increased pressure likely on the NIS [National Insurance Scheme] as a result of the increased number of sickness claims that are likely to result from this,” King added.