EPA prosecutes Boots Retail (Ireland) Limited

On 23 January 2006 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Boots Retail (Ireland) Limited at Wexford District Court.  The Company pleaded guilty to:

• Failing to provide a specified notice in-store alerting customers to the fact that prices include a contribution to a Producer Recycling Fund to ensure that Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is collected and recycled in a responsible manner;
• Publication of a non-compliant advertisement for Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) in the Irish Times of 27 October 2005 which failed to include the contribution to a Producer Recycling Fund as well as the net price as required by the Regulations.

After hearing of details of the offences during sworn testimony from the EPA officer and representations made on behalf of the accused, Judge O'Buachalla convicted the company on both counts, imposed fines totalling €1,200 and awarded costs of €6,865 to the EPA.  Two other charges brought in relation to this matter were struck out with the consent of the EPA.