Harley Davidson fined for ignoring packaging regulations

Harley Davidson Europe Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £23,000 for not complying with packaging waste regulations.

The European arm of the motorcycle manufacturer markets and distributes clothes and accessories, creating tonnes of packaging waste. Under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997 it is responsible for encouraging the reduction, recovery and recycling of this waste and reducing the amount going to landfill.

On 15 December, the company pleaded guilty to five charges brought under the regulations before Oxford magistrates.

It was fined £15,000 for failing to fulfil requirements to recover and recycle packaging waste between 2003 and 2005.

It also had to pay £1,378 in costs and £7,586 in compensation to the Environment Agency for failing to register as a producer of packaging materials during these years.

A further 12 offences committed between 1997 and 2003 were taken into account.

Harley Davidson said it had not ignored the regulations intentionally, but thought it was already signed up to a compliance scheme through a logistics company it employed.

The company is likely to have saved more than £13,000 between 1997 and 2005 for its failure to register, or to recover and recycle its packaging waste.

  • Bicester-based food supply company Fresh Direct has also been fined for not complying with the packaging regulations.

    The company pleaded guilty at Bicester magistrates court to a total of ten offences: five of failing to register with the Agency and five of failing to recover and recycle the required packaging waste between 2001 and 2005. It was fined £20,000 for the offences, along with £1,706 in costs.

    The Agency was also awarded £4,386 in compensation for lost revenue. Fresh Direct said in mitigation it had cooperated with the Agency’s investigation and had since joined a compliance scheme.

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