Birmingham-based company’s recycling failure leads to charity donation

The Environment Agency has accepted an Enforcement Undertaking (EU) from a Birmingham-based company Nobisco Ltd for breaking packaging regulations.

Nobisco is now working within the rules and has made a payment £12,900 to the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country for its past failure to meet its packaging recycling obligations.

The payment is part of an EU offered by the company for its failure to register with the Environment Agency and take steps to recover and recycle its packaging waste under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007. They failed to comply with the regulations for 12 years – from 2006 to 2017.

Nobisco is a supplier and distributor of catering, hygiene, janitorial, packaging and PPE/Safety products. The company was unaware that they had obligations under the regulations.

Amy Currie, a Regulatory Officer for the Environment Agency, said:

Nobisco Ltd has acknowledged that by failing to comply with the regulations for 12 years they have avoided paying Environment Agency costs and have also not obtained evidence of recycling and recovery. Enforcement Undertakings enable 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 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.