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Supermarket heads list of packaging obligation offenders

The Environment Agency has issued the latest list of businesses penalised for failing to meet producer responsibility obligations over packaging waste.

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The biggest sanction for the year to date by some margin is against Costcutter Supermarkets Group, which has to donate just over £650,000 to WRAP for failing to meet the regulations for 17 years.

In all, 24 companies are sanctioned for breaching the 2007 regulations, including Ecover (total payments of £33,000), Le Pain Quotidien (£13,000) and ASOS (£5,000).

The full list is here.

In each case the offender has to take action to prevent repeat failures and this can include reimbursing the agency for costs.

Most have registered with compliance schemes such as Valpak, Pack Care, Biffpack or Budget Pack. In some cases, extra staff training is required.

Costcutter “unreservedly apologised” for the breach of the packaging rules between 1997 and 2014, saying it was ”entirely unintentional”.

A spokesperson said: ”As one of the largest convenience store groups in the UK, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously.

“When the error was identified by the new Costcutter Supermarkets Group management in 2014, we voluntarily approached the Environment Agency and are pleased this matter is now resolved with the necessary funds having been provided for in previous financial years.”

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