A universal 5p plastic bag charge would be welcomed by local shop owners An organisation representing the UK?s local convenience stores has backed government proposals to extend the 5p plastic bag charge to every small shop in England. __________________________________________________________________________________ The Bath shopkeeper went on to say that his issue was that the ?300 fine was handed out not because of the rubbish outside his business, but because the relevant paperwork didn?t arrive with the council in time ??something Raichura said was not his fault. He added: ?Out of principle, I don’t want to pay. Our business is a turnover?business, where we have to sell quantities of our stock to make money. Do you know how many Mars bars I have to sell to make the ?300?” Raichura called for greater support for local business owners from local authorities following his meeting with the BANES council officer, whom he claimed ?was quick to put fear into me?. ?The officer said that if I did not pay and it went to court, how would the magistrates look at this? I?ve provided BANES with the relevant paperwork, contracts and invoices to show we are appropriately dealing with our business waste [and] I would like to see more support rather than be penalised [for] such matters.? Spokesperson Bob Goodman said that BANES council couldn?t comment on specific cases, but that a review of what happened in Raichura?s case would be made. Goodman told the Bath Chronicle: ?In order to reduce the amount of commercial waste that is left out on the street, there are allotted times during which businesses are permitted to place their waste outside their premises for collection by the waste contractor they use. ?As part of these efforts to keep our streets as clean and clear of waste as possible, our education and enforcement officers therefore work to ensure that these commercial waste times are adhered to.?
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