Record Enforcement Undertaking accepted

The Environment Agency has accepted its largest enforcement undertaking to date – from HiPP UK – in respect of packaging waste breaches. Acknowledging it’s non-compliance with the regulations, HiPP offered payments totalling £414,960 to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the Woodland Trust and the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust. Enforcement undertakings (EU) offer an alternative to prosecution for companies who become aware that they are not complying with a small number of regulations and wish to correct this as soon as possible. … Continued

Definition of “portable” battery – consultation response

The Government has published its response to the consultation on the meaning of “portable” in the official guidance to the 2009 Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations. This definition had previously caused some problems as it relied on an ambiguous statement – a battery that “can be hand-carried by an average person without difficulty”.  The response confirms that the guidance will be amended to define a portable battery in terms of weight as being 4Kg or less. It is hoped that the change … Continued

Provisional Q3 packaging data published

Quarter three packaging figures have been published on the National Packaging Waste Database site. As is often the case, the figures are, at this stage, provisional as not all returns have been made and the reports will be updated as necessary until Mid-November when the monthly analysis of the figures will be published. Paper has performed as expected and the figures show that the 2015 requirement has already been exceeded. However, the other materials, and overall recovery and recycling, are … Continued

Ignorance of producer responsibility laws is no defence!

It has long been held that ignorance of the law is not a defence (ignorantia juris non excusat) and a Middlesex company recently had this costly lesson confirmed in the courts. Babz Media Ltd were recently prosecuted for offences under three Producer Responsibility regimes (Packaging, WEEE and Batteries) and, despite not having be aware of the regulations before they were contacted by enforcement officers from the Environment Agency, were found guilty by Ealing Magistrates Court – on 6 August 2015 – … Continued

Phthalates added to RoHS restricted substances at EU level

EU Directive 2015/863 was confirmed by the UK government yesterday (16 July 2015) as coming into force in the UK on 22 July 2019. The Directive amends Annex II of the RoHS Directive (implemented in the UK as SI 2012 3032) meaning that from the effective date the following substance restrictions apply: no more than 0.1% bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DCEHP) allowed; no more than 0.1% butyl benzyl phthalate (BPP) allowed; no more than 0.1% dibutyl phthalate (DBP) allowed; no more than 0.1% … Continued