Cobra beer issued with recycling fine
Cobra, the makers of Cobra beer, has been given a £25,000 fine after failing to meet its recycling obligations.
Companies with turnovers in excess of £2 million that produce over 50 tonnes of packaging every year are obliged to sign up to an Environment Agency-registered recycling compliance scheme, which is designed to help them meet their recycling targets and responsibilities.
But the agency stated that Cobra had failed to recover and recycle over 1,000 tonnes of packaging waste - and the company was fined £25,800 at a magistrates' court in Hendon after admitting to the charges.
Environment Agency officer Sarah Dover commented: "The money raised from compliance with this legislation goes directly to the recycling industry and the failure by this company to ensure they met their responsibilities means that there was less investment in the recycling industry than there should have been.
"There is information available to businesses to ensure they meet they environmental responsibility. It is important companies take this responsibility seriously to stop the tonnes of packaging piling up in the UK's shrinking landfill sites."
The failings took place between 2003 and 2005.
Article Date: 22 November 2007
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