Cheese firm fined £19,000 for packaging offences

The Meadow Cheese Company received one of the highest fines under the 1997 packaging waste regulations in December after admitting to 13 offences.

The Environment Agency established in May that the company exceeded the regulations' thresholds of an annual turnover of £2 million and handling more than 50 tonnes of packaging per year. By failing to buy packaging waste recovery notes or obtain other evidence of compliance with the regulations it had saved an estimated £8,440. Appearing before Hereford magistrates on 2 December, the company pleaded guilty to four offences of failing to register under the regulations - in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. It also admitted four offences of failing to take reasonable steps to recycle or recover packaging, and to supply a certificate of compliance, in each of the four years, as well as a further charge of late registration in 2003. The company was fined a total of £19,000 with £1,206 costs.

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