Court sets £54,000 penalty for defaulting on £1m WEEE bill

A former recycling company has been ordered to pay only £50,900 of an estimated £1.1m it owed to the WEEE Compliance Fund.

Northern Compliance, one of a number of related electric and electronic waste firms, alongside its director Vincent Eckerman, had pleaded not guilty to offences under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013. South Tyneside magistrates’ court fined him £2,295 and imposed costs of £1,000 last week, with a £170 victim surcharge on top. 

Eckerman told the court that a “perfect storm” of circumstances had led to the compliance scheme missing its WEEE collection targets due to problems with suppliers. This left it with the option of paying into the fund, as an alternative method of compliance, covering activity from January 2016 to the end of March 2018.

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