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Small business backs single-use plastic ban

Small businesses have thrown their weight behind the government campaign to stamp out single-use plastic.

Responding to the launch of a government consultation on the issue, Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), national chair, said: "Small businesses are right behind the Government's efforts to stamp out use of harmful single use plastics.

"The majority are proactively upping their recycling efforts, and a big share are assessing alternatives to plastic wherever possible."

The FSB says among smaller retailers, close to half are already exclusively using packaging that's recyclable, reusable or compostable.

He added: "We look forward to exploring the most effective incentives for spurring change with policymakers - driving investment in innovation where replacement materials are concerned, recycling infrastructure, and awareness-raising."

The FSB has welcomed government moves to exempt green investments from business rates valuations.

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