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Beer producer fined £25k for not recycling its waste

The producer of a popular beer drink was ordered to pay over £25,000 for failing to recover and recycle up to 1,030 tonnes of packaging waste. Cobra Beer, pleaded guilty at Hendon Magistrates Court for failing to register with the Environment Agency as a producer of packaging, and for failing to meet its requirements to recover and recycle packaging waste for three years between 2003 and 2005. Under the Producer Responsibility Obligations Regulations, all businesses with an annual turnover of £2 million or more that handle more than 50 tonnes of packing each year must be registered with the EA or a compliance scheme, which undertakes to fulfil the obligations of its members. Obligated businesses must also provide evidence of payment for the recovery and recycling of a specified proportion of packaging waste including wood, aluminium, steel, cardboards and plastic. Environment Agency officer Sarah Dover said: The money raised from compliance with this legislation goes directly to the recycling industry and the failure by this company to ensure they met their responsibilities means that there was less investment in the recycling industry than there should have been. There is information available to businesses to ensure they meet they environmental responsibility. It is important companies take this responsibility seriously to stop the tonnes of packaging piling up in the UKs shrinking landfill sites.

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