Meat supplier gets off lightly for packaging offences

Dovey Premium Products, a company that supplies chicken and other products, saved nearly £10,000 by failing to register under the 1997 packaging regulations, but was ordered to pay just £5,327 in fines and costs when it was convicted by Poole magistrates on 12 January.

The company did not take steps to comply with the regulations until 2004, when it joined a compliance scheme. In court the company said it was unaware of the regulations until the Environment Agency contacted it that year. Based on company turnover for the previous six years, registration fees of £5,300 had been avoided, along with packaging waste recovery notes (PRNs) that would have cost around £4,350.

  • A company that manufactures security systems was fined £6,000 with £2,089 costs by Banbury magistrates on 3 February after admitting two offences under the packaging regulations.

    Brady Corporation Ltd was fined £3,000 for failing to register in 2003. It was fined a further £3,000 for failing to take reasonable steps to recycle and recover packaging waste in the same year.

    The company was formed in 2001 by the merger of Seton Ltd and WH Brady Company Ltd. Seton had previously been registered under the regulations, but the responsibility was not passed on to anyone at the new firm.

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