Kondor forced to give £10k to charity after recycling breach


Accessories distributor pays sum to Dorset Wildlife Trust following review by Environment Agency

Kondor has been forced to pay £10,000 for failing to register as a producer of packaging waste with the Environment Agency.

The rule applies to companies that handle more than 50 tonnes or more of packaging a year and have an annual turnover of more than £2 million.

The Environment Agency said Dorset-based Kondor was unaware it should have been registered with either itself or a compliance scheme under Producer Responsibility rules.

On becoming aware of the breach, Kondor registered and agreed to pay £10,000 to the Dorset Wildlife Trust as an alternative to criminal prosecution.

Kondor MD Rob Haycock (pictured) said: “We discovered a year ago that we had potentially breached the Packaging Regulations in connection with the amount of cardboard that we processed and so went to the Environment Agency to see what we could do to rectify this.

“They carried out a full review and we offered to make a payment, so this was not a fi ne.

“We are not in breach of any regulations and have been fully compliant since before 2010. This sum was paid to a local environmental charity as Kondor’s way of making a reparation for a potential breach.”

Kondor also this month lost its distribution deal with Jabra as the manufacturer of Bluetooth car kits, headsets and headphones confirmed the relationship, which began in 2005, had ended. It declined to explain why.

Kondor is understood to have had supply deals with a number of major high street retailers, including Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U.

Jabra’s remaining official distributors include 20:20 Mobile, Micro-P, Elite Mobile and Genuine Solutions.