Businesses forced to dump carbon tax hike on customers

Simon Benson and Steve Lewis
The Daily Telegraph

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.

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