Carluccio’s has been fined £15k and ordered to pay more than £6k in costs after it was found guilty of breaching laws on packaging waste.
The restaurant chain was charged by the Environment Agency after it failed to register as a producer of packaging and for not recovering and recycling waste.
Under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations any business with a turnover of £2m or more that handle over 50 tonnes of packaging a year, must register with either the Environment Agency or a government-approved compliance scheme by April 7 of each subsequent year.
At Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday, the company pleaded guilty to failing to register as a producer of packaging and for not recovering and recycling packaging waste between 2004 and 2006.
It was ordered to pay a fine of £15k as well as compensation and costs totaling £6,559 to the Environment Agency.
Carluccio`s said it became fully compliant with packaging legislation following the investigation by the Environment Agency.
A spokesperson for the company said: "We regret the genuine oversight that resulted in us failing to register with the Environment Agency. As soon as we became aware of any breach, we immediately acted and have been fully compliant for the last two years".
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