In July this year, Natural Resources Wales secured the first criminal conviction in the UK for a breach of the waste batteries regulations by a producer.
Mangar International Ltd are a multinational company who import and distribute bathing aids and are one of the largest battery producers in Wales, having placed more than 50 tonnes on the market over their period of non-compliance.
Waste Batteries Regulations Non-compliance
The company failed to register with a compliance scheme for four years between 2010 and 2013 and were therefore prosecuted for failing to ensure compliance with the Waste Batteries Regulations 2009.
Mangar International Ltd pleaded guilty on 27 May and were fined £2,650 for each year of non-compliance; making that a total amount of £10,600.
In England and Wales, breaches of producer responsibility rules are usually dealt with through civil sanctions such as enforcement undertakings, however, these are not available under the Waste Batteries Regulations.
It was confirmed by Natural Resources Wales that this is the first successful criminal case under these regulations.
WASTE BATTERIES REGULATIONS: Anyone who sells, imports, manufactures or are the brand name owner of batteries will likely be obligated by the Waste Batteries Regulations. Find out more here.
Comply Direct aim to ensure that compliance with the waste regulations is as simple and as hassle-free as possible.
We have numerous resources on our website which make the Waste Packaging, WEEE and Waste Batteries regulations easier to understand including our downloadable knowledge banks.
We can also offer bespoke training packages tailored to reflect the needs of your business.
Alternatively, you can check out the regulations on the .gov website to find out how your business could be affected.
Comply Direct have a dedicated team of compliance experts and are always happy to help.
If you think you may be affected by any of the waste regulations, or you are worried you have been non-compliant in the past then don’t wait until it’s too late – please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our compliance experts today.