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First WEEE producer prosecution

9th September 2010

Melanie Harper

Aston and Fincher Ltd a hairdressing supplies wholesaler has become the first producer of WEEE to be prosecuted for failing to meet its obligation under the WEEE Regulations.

After pleading guilty to 21 charges Aston and Fincher Ltd were fined £30,905.11 for not complying with both the WEEE and Packaging Waste Regulations.

Since the WEEE Regulations came into force in the UK in 2007 the company in question had failed to comply with the requirements applicable to them as a result of importing electrical items into the UK.

There are still a large number of companies avoiding registration with the Environment Agency for their obligation under the WEEE regulations. This prosecution should send out a strong message to those companies with producer responsibilities that ignoring them is likely to result in large fines.

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