PPE distributor pays £13k to charity after breaching packaging rules

A firm which distributes hygiene products, such as face masks and hand sanitiser, has paid an enforcement undertaking after falling foul of packaging regulations.

The Birmingham-based Nobisco, which also supplies and distributes catering, janitorial, and packaging products, was unaware that it had obligations under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007.


The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/2890)

In force/Current
England, Scotland, Wales
05 Nov 2014

Compliance Dates

24/11/2014 Comes into force



Waste, Products


OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

Affected Sectors

Cross-sector, Glass, Manufacturing, Packaging, Recycling, Retail and Wholesale, Waste and Cleaning

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/2890)

Document Status: In force/Current

Scope: England, Scotland, Wales


24/11/2014 Comes into force

Under the regulations, the company must register with the Environment Agency (EA) and take steps to recover and recycle its packaging.

Nobisco failed to comply with the regulations for 12 years – from 2006 to 2017.

The EA said Nobisco was now working within the rules and had made a payment of £12,900 to the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Amy Currie, a regulatory officer for the EA, said: “Nobisco has acknowledged that by failing to comply with the regulations for twelve years they have avoided paying EA costs and have also not obtained evidence of recycling and recovery. Enforcement undertakings enable packaging waste producers to come into compliance and contribute towards environmental projects and improvements using the money they have saved.

“The EA is increasingly using this method of enforcement for cases to restore or enhance the environment, improve practices of the offending business and ensure future compliance with environmental requirements. However, we will continue to pursue prosecution for the most serious cases.”

Nobisco has been approached for comment.

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