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Fine payout acts as "good publicity" for green issues

A company forced to pay almost £23,000 for not complying with environmental legislation has said the case is good publicity for green issues.

Scotts of Stow chief executive officer Nigel Swabey said the case has highlighted packaging responsibilities within his industry. He says most catalogue firms such as Scotts of Stow are unaware of the regulations and he is now using the experience to educate other businesses.

The company, which sells products for kitchens, homes, gardens and gifts, has also installed a £340,000 content management system to calculate packaging weights.

Magistrates ordered Scotts of Stow to pay the Environment Agency £1,970 in costs and £7,586 in back registration fees that it should have paid to the Agency. Scotts of Stow was also asked to pay £9,173 representing backdated PRNs, which the Environment Agency said equals a fine. The company was also fined £4,000 for failure to comply with packaging legislation.

Environment officer Sue Gebbels said: "Companies have a duty to ensure that they are complying with the legislation and if they are unsure they should contact us for advice or face similar financial consequences."



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