Nottingham-based pet food and products manufacturer, Kennelpak has paid over £75,000 to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association for its past failure to meet its packaging recycling obligations.
The financial contribution is part of an enforcement undertaking (EU) offered to the Environment Agency for its failure to register, recycle and recover a proportion of their waste by purchasing packaging recovery notes.
The payment has been split with 50% going to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust towards its Attenborough Nature Reserve Project and 50% to the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association towards the renovation of the Lock Cottages in Sandiacre, Derbyshire.
The company said they were unaware that, as they were handing over 50 tonnes of packaging waste and had a turnover of more than £2m, they had obligations under The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007. They had alo failed to comply with the Regulations for registration years 2001 to 2016.
Joanne Weston, environment officer at the Environment Agency, said: “Enforcement Undertakings allow packaging waste producers to come into compliance and contribute towards environmental projects and improvements using the money they have saved.
“The Environment Agency is increasingly using this method of enforcement for cases of less serious offending to restore or enhance the environment, improve practices of the offending business and ensure future compliance with environmental requirements. However, we will continue to pursue prosecution for the most serious cases.”