Ignorance of recycling regulations has resulted in a £12,000 fine from the Environment Agency (EA), plus costs, for printers TPF Group arm, The Print Factory (TPF). The EA said that the company had failed to register with it or a compliance scheme for the years 2003 and 2004. The company also failed to supply a certificate of compliance or to take reasonable steps to recover and recycle packaging waste during those two years. Environmental regulations state companies that handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging a year and that have an annual turnover of more than £2 million a year must recover and recycle a percentage of their packaging waste. TPF handled 113.8 tonnes of packaging in 2003 and 153 tonnes of packaging in 2004. It also had a turnover of more than £5million for 2003 and 2004. TPF group purchasing manager Martyn Cox said the company had not been registered because it was unaware of the regulations. Cox said he found out when he saw an invoice for registration for a subsidiary company. Northampton magistrates were told that the company had not only failed its environmental duty but also saved £3,236 during 2004 and 2005 by not registering to recover and recycle. The company also asked for offences committed during 2002 and 2003 to be taken into consideration. It was estimated that the total sum avoided from 2002 to 2005 was about £6,186. The company has since been registered with a compliance scheme. After the hearing EA officer Duncan Beaumont said: "The aim of these regulations is to provide the funding for the recycling industry to recycle or recover more material. Although the regulations have been in force since 1997, some companies still either ignore or remain unaware of their responsibilities. Our policy is to try to find and prosecute companies which are found to be in breach of these regulations."