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Recycling firm handed first WEEE fine

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Sita Metal Recycling Ltd has become the first company to be prosecuted under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE) after pleading guilty to multiple breaches at Norwich Magistrates Court.

The WEEE Regulations, introduced in 2006, ensure that electrical and electronic equipment is repaired and refurbished for re-marketing purposes or dismantled, recycled and disposed of safely.

Sita has been fined £4,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £4,456 by the Environmental Agency after failing to prove that its shredded materials were no longer WEEE regulated.

Companies that treat or export WEEE must be approved by the Environment Agency and Mrs Anne-Lise McDonald, prosecuting, detailed how Sita had “showed a lack of management focus” when treating 1,967 tonnes of WEEE between July 2007 and December 2008.

In mitigation, Mr Stephen Tromans QC said Sita had made a “genuine mistake” as the offences happened during a period of management change and maintained no direct impact on the environment or commercial benefit was made.

Producers of WEEE are not required to collect their own materials but join schemes which do so on their behalf.

Research has shown that many businesses are unaware of their duties under the WEEE Regulations and it is necessary under the guidelines to record and report how much of each type of material has been recovered or recycled.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

January 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm

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