Drinks firm, butchers fined for packaging offences

Wholesale drinks firm Nectar Imports was fined £6,000 with £1,000 costs by North West Wiltshire magistrates on 10 November after admitting six offences under the 1997 packaging waste regulations.

Information supplied by the company after it was contacted by the Environment Agency in January 2003 revealed that it should have registered under the regulations since 2000 and had saved some £6,000 by failing to comply.

Two fines of £3,000 were imposed on Nectar for failing to register with the Agency or a compliance scheme in 2000 and 2002. It also pleaded guilty to four other charges - failing to take reasonable steps to recycle and recover packaging, and failing to supply a certificate of compliance in the same two years. Three other charges relating to 2001 were taken into consideration.

Meanwhile, Welsh Brothers (Butchers) of Newport, Gwent, was fined £4,050 with £500 costs by Abergavenny magistrates on 21 October after admitting nine offences under the packaging regulations.

In three successive years, 1999, 2000 and 2001, the company failed to register under the regulations. It also failed to take reasonable steps to recycle and recover packaging waste and to supply a certificate of compliance to the Agency. It was fined £450 on each of the nine charges.

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