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EPA prosecutes catering equipment firm under WEEE regulations

A Dublin-based catering equipment firm has been prosecuted after breaching the waste electrical and electronic equipment regulations.

Advanced Bar and Catering Services pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to seven offences under the WEEE regulations (20 July).

The firm breached the regulations by:

  • Placing electrical and electronic equipment on the market at a time when the company was not registered as a producer of such equipment;
  • Failing to apply to the producer registration body for registration or renewal of registration; and
  • Failing to declare the quantities, by weight or number of units, or EEE placed on the market.

Advanced Bar and Catering Services was fined €3,500 in relation to the seven charges and costs totalling €4,500 were awarded to the EPA.

EPA programme manager Dr Gerry Byrne said: While the EPA has previously taken two successful prosecutions of companies for failing to comply with their producer obligations under the WEEE regulations, this is the first such prosecution of a company in the catering equipment sector. This should send out a message to other companies with producer obligations that failure to meet their obligations will not be tolerated.

Given the current economic challenges facing business, it is more important than ever that compliant companies are not put at a competitive disadvantage by others who flout the law.

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