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Environment Agency refuses to respond to Lush claims

The Environment Agency (EA) refused to respond to accusations of being difficult to work with and having a prosecuting culture, made by cosmetics firm Lush last week.

An EA spokeswoman said: “We are unable to comment on individual cases. Our role is one of an enforcer or regulator and we can’t have breaches of regulations. There are no exceptions.

“The Government sets legislation and the EA’s remit is to ensure companies comply with regulations.”

Lush were prosecuted by the EA last month for failing to register with the EA and supply certificates to prove it had recycled and recovered its waste packaging. The cosmetics company, who recycles about 85% of its packaging waste, said it was unaware of the regulations and took action to correct the situation soon after it was contacted by the EA.

Under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997, businesses with an annual turnover of more that £2 million and who handle over 50 tonnes of packaging, are required to register.

EA spokeswoman Tessa Bowering said after the court case: “It is disappointing a company with a commercial ethos of minimising product packaging was unaware of these regulations which were specifically brought in to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.”

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