Civil Sanctions

We have helped a number of businesses, found to be non-compliant with the Packaging Waste Regulations, to complete an Enforcement Undertaking


Civil sanctions were introduced in January 2011, which now means that the Environment Agency has more options available when dealing with organisations that are non-compliant with the Packaging Waste Regulations.

This is a positive change because organisations that are guilty of past non-compliance may not necessarily face criminal prosecution.

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Currently, civil sanctions are only available to non-compliant organisations that are based in England, Wales and Scotland.

Please also note, to go down the civil sanctions route your organisation must have been non compliant with the Packaging Waste Regulations after 6 April 2010 in England and 15 July 2010 in Wales.

Variable Monetary Policies
  1. Enforcement Undertaking – organisations can complete an Enforcement Undertaking form, offer a sum of money and put forward a suitable environmental project that they agree to fund with this money.
  2. Variable Monetary Policies – a fine up to a maximum of £250,000 based on the severity of the offence.
  3. Prosecution – an option which may be used for the very worst offences.

How Valpak can help

We can assist businesses with their Enforcement Undertaking Forms by:

  • checking and/or submitting EU Offer Forms to the Environment Agency on a business’s behalf
  • calculating the costs a business has avoided by not complying
  • sourcing and suggesting suitable environmental projects for a business to fund
  • helping to coordinate the funding of environmental projects

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The area that stands out for me is the support and guidance that we receive from Valpak during the waste packaging submission process. Our packaging data submission includes a number of business sites; therefore, we appreciate Valpak's help to coordinate this. It gives me more time to concentrate on core business activities.

Cooper Industries