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£20,000 fine for not registering with a compliance scheme

An educational book publisher has received a costly lesson in the importance of recycling.

Cumbria-based Coordination Group Publications was fined £20,000 at Kendal Magistrates last week for failing to comply with packaging waste regulations.

The firm pleaded guilty to 10 charges of offences committed between 2000 and 2003.

Estelle Palin, prosecuting for the Environment Agency (EA), told the court how under the regulations, companies that have turnover of over £2 million and put 50 tonnes of packaging into the waste stream, must register with the EA.

They must then make arrangements to recover and recycle certain amounts of packaging waste each year, or join a registered scheme to do it on their behalf.

In each year the offences were committed, Coordination Group had a turnover of more than £5 million but failed to register with the EA, taking no steps to recover and recycle packaging waste.

The company did join the WastePack compliance scheme in September 2003, but missed the 2003 registration deadline by five months.

Coordination Group Publications was also ordered to pay the EA £1,245.73 in costs.

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