A fraudster that issued more packaging recovery notes (PRNs) than the packaging waste he recycled has been ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service.
Stephen Leigh of Staffordshire-based SS Thermoplastics pleaded guilty at Stoke on Trent magistrates to two charges of obtaining monies by deception.
Leigh's prosecution was the result of a joint investigation by the Environment Agency (EA) and Staffordshire Police during 2004.
Last year the Government uncovered massive fraud in the PRN system during 2002-3.
Under the system, companies that must recycle their packaging waste pay reprocessors to issue them PRNs to prove they have met their obligations.