Organic baby food company HiPP UK has agreed to pay almost £415,000 to charities for not meeting producer responsibility regulations, the largest sum ever agreed with the Environment Agency (EA).
The EA found that HiPP UK, based in Reading, had failed to register as a producer of packaging and failed to meet its requirements to recover and recycle packaging waste between 2004 and 2011.
The company offered an enforcement undertaking of payment to three environmental charities of £414,960, plus payment of the EA’s costs, after being confronted with the offences under the Producer Responsibility (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997-2007.
It also agreed to register the company and put in place provision to ensure that non-compliance would not happen again.
EA officer Heather White said: “In any enforcement undertaking, the person or company should offer to restore or remediate the harm caused by the incident where that is possible.
“For producer responsibility offences, this is done by making a financial contribution to a recognised environmental charity or project to achieve environmental benefit. The offender must also demonstrate they will change their behaviour and ensure future compliance with environmental legislation.”
HiPP UK offered to pay:
- £75,000 to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
- £189,960 to the Woodland Trust
- £150,000 to the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
MRW will be publishing a full waste crime feature in the next issue.