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Universal Cycles fined £47,534

8th November 2010

Melanie Harper

Bicycle wholesaler Universal Cycles has been fined £47,534 for not complying with the packaging waste regulations.

The company pleaded guilty to 34 charges, was fined £37,000 and ordered to pay £4,394 in costs and £9,140 in compensation.

Universal Cycles should have been registered with the Environment Agency and by law should have been paying for the recovery and recycling of their obligation of packaging waste many years previous to when they registered in 2009.

By failing to register Universal Cycles had avoided fees and other costs of £47,941.

Universal Cycles claimed they had been unaware of their obligation under the regulations but entered an early guilty plea.

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.