Western Wines faces packaging fine

02 November, 2007


hefty fine could be imposed on representatives of Western Wines for a breach of packaging recycling standards.

Representatives of the company failed to meet the Environment Agency's new rules on packaging, Telford Magistrates' Court has heard.

The company was based in Telford, Shropshire, but has been integrated into Constellation Europe since last year.

In a case brought by the Environment Agency, the court heard that from 2003 to 2005 Western Wines had failed to meet the agency's new

standards .

Evidence was given that Western Wines had avoided payment of almost £190,000 - this included registration fees of £2,400 and recovery and recycling costs of £185,000.

The case was referred by the magistrates to the Crown Court where a heavier sentence could be imposed. The sentencing is set for mid-December.

Western Wines was taken over by ≠Constellation Europe and closed down last year, when Constellation bought Western's parent company, Vincor.

A Constellation spokesman said

out of court: "At the time of the breaches, Western Wines was undergoing changes

and it was not aware that those changes resulted in obligations under the Packaging Waste Regulations."

Constellation and all its subsidiaries are fully compliant with the new regulations, he added.

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