Laurent Perrier fined over waste management

Laurent Perrier fined over waste management News Wine News
  • Friday 5 September 2003

Champagne producer Laurent-Perrier has been fined £14,000 (€20,259) for failing to recycle its waste, the UK Environment Agency says.

The company, which has UK offices in London and Marlow, Buckinghamshire, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court to five waste recycling offences under the Environment Protection Act 1990 yesterday.

Laurent-Perrier failed to respond to a letter requesting information on its recycling and waste packaging controls. The company admitted it had not taken adequate measures to control its waste, believing it was the responsibility of its customers.

UK waste regulations introduced in 1997 require companies over a certain size to register with the Environment Agency or a compliance scheme. They must provide evidence of payment for the recovery and recycling of a specified proportion of packaging waste each year.

Environment Agency officer Simon Monfredi said, 'Around eight million tonnes of packaging are produced each year. These regulations are designed to reduce the amount of packaging that not only depletes natural resources but also creates a huge waste problem.'

Laurent-Perrier UK managing director David Hesketh MW said,'This was a genuine oversight. Laurent-Perrier UK has now cooperated fully to ensure that all systems are in place to comply with the Environment Agency regulations.'

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