Packaging fine of £18,000 for office supplies firm

The largest distributor of Hewlett Packard office supplies in Europe is the latest company to be fined for failing to recycle packaging waste.

Appearing before Bradford magistrates on 28 February, UFP (UK) pleaded guilty to nine charges under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997.

The Bradford-based company, which specialises in computer accessories, was fined £18,000.

UFP (UK) was also ordered to pay £2,304 compensation and £1,220 costs to the Environment Agency.

Under the Regulations, companies with an annual turnover above £2 million that handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging a year must register with the Environment Agency and recycle a proportion of that packaging.

UFP failed to register between 2004 and 2006, saving an estimated £6,000 by not doing so. It did not register, although its directors had discussed the issue in 2004.

The company registered with a producer compliance scheme in 2007.

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