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Sauce manufacturer fined over recycling breach

14 March 2016

A Scottish sauces manufacturer has been fined by authorities for failing to meet recycling obligations on packaging waste. 

Walter Black Foods pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court for failure to agree to recycling regulations, and failure to recover and recycle packaging waste. 

It was fined a total of £37,138. 

The company manufactures sauces, pickles and condiments for the takeaway food sector, including the popular Gold Star brown sauce. It was investigated by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. 

“Walter Black Foods Limited has been registered as a producer since 2004, so should have been well aware what their responsibilities were,” said Bernard Gaffney, SEPA’s investigating officer. 

“In addition, when the scheme de-registered them they were sent a letter explaining that they should contact SEPA, but never did.

“Producers obligated under the regulations are responsible for meeting the UK business targets, through funding the recovery/recycling of their share of packaging placed onto the UK market. If producers don’t register, the amount of packaging which counts towards meeting the UK business targets decreases, but the tonnage of packaging flowing into the UK waste stream is the same. 

“As a result registered producers have their share of responsibility inflated and may have to pay for the recycling/recovery of additional tonnages to cover any shortfall left by those who fail to register.”

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