Osem UK, a kosher food company owned by Nestle has been fined £27,372 for not complying with the packaging waste regulations.
The Essex based firm did not register with the Environment Agency as a packaging waste producer between the years of 1998 and 2007 and as a result has been fined £16,000, plus £3,000 in costs and compensation of £8,372 to the Environment Agency.
By not registering for 10 years Osem UK had saved around £25,000.
Osem UK claimed their non-compliance was due to a lack of awareness and that no contact had been made by the Environment Agency to ensure they met their obligation.
The main source of advertisement by the Environment Agency has been through the use of Trade Associations. It became apparent in the trial that Osem UK are not part of any trade associations and so the court decided their non-compliance was an 'honest oversight'.
The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations, affects organisations that handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging a year and have a turnover that exceeds £2m.
For information about this piece of legislation please contact a member of our packaging compliance team to find out more.