Storage solution firm Rapid Racking has received a £25,000 fine after failing to comply with the Producer Responsibility Obligations Regulations 2007.
The Environment Agency took the Gloucestershire-based firm to court after it failed to meet its requirement to recover and recycle packaging waste between 2004 and 2006 and after failing to register with the EA.
Rapid Racking specialises in the supply of storage shelving and racking systems for industrial, commercial and consumer use. It was estimated that the firm avoided costs of about £17,000 for not registering and purchasing the correct amount of Packaging Recovery Notes.
Under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations, companies who have an annual turnover in excess of £2 million and handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging per annum must register with the EA or a compliance scheme. Each year, the firm must also provide evidence of payment for recovery and recycling of a specified proportion of their packaging.
EA investigating officer Sue Gebbels said: It is disappointing that although the regulations have been in force for over a decade, there are still a significant number of companies that are not compliant.