Greenstar Environmental has been fined £3,500 after pleading guilty to a single count of breaching the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Waste Packaging) Regulations.
The company, which has since been acquired by Biffa, was found to have exported 860 tonnes of packaging waste to a company in China although it had not sought approval for the company as part of its packaging waste export accreditation.
Greenstar was unable to prove the waste had arrived at its destination, that it was properly treated, or that the site operated at broadly equivalent standards to the EU.
In mitigation a solicitor for Greenstar commented that the offence was an “oversight” and that the company had no prior history of offending.
A Biffa statement said: “It was an administrative oversight which meant the correct accreditation was not in place to claim the recovery notes. Greenstar has accepted full responsibility and apologises for the situation which has led to this prosecution.
“Biffa has since acquired Greenstar and has highly stringent controls in place to ensure a similar situation does not reoccur. Biffa is committed to operating all its procedures and facilities to a high standard to ensure all environment regulations are adhered to.”