Packaging Enforcement Undertaking benefits oceans

The Packaging Society
13 Mar 2020

A Birmingham, UK, car parts company has been offered a charitable donation after failing to register as a producer of waste packaging.

 A donation of £61,966 has been made to the Sea of Life Trust after a car parts company failed to register as a producer of waste packaging. The financial contribution is part of an Enforcement Undertaking (EU) offered to the UK Environment Agency by the German, Swedish and French Car Parts Ltd (GSF) of Fort Industrial Park, Dunlop Way, Birmingham.

The company submitted a proactive EU to the Environment Agency in November 2017; GSF had not registered as a producer of waste packaging between 2002 and 2016 due to ignorance of the Packaging Regulations. Company officials said they were unaware they had to register under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997 and 2007.

These regulations ensure packaging materials such as cardboard, plastics and glass are recycled and do not end up in landfill. Companies with a turnover of £2 million or more and handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging per year must ensure a certain percentage is recycled.

The money will be used by the charity to support education initiatives and clean-up events.